AUTOIMMUNE BLISTERING DISEASES
The autoimmune blistering diseases include two major groups, those that result from autoantibodies against desmosome proteins and those that are associated with autoantibodies against molecular components of the basement membrane. Within the first group we address pemphigus vulgaris, pemphigus foliaceus, paraneoplastic pemphigus and IgA pemphigus. Within the second, we explore bullous pemphigoid, cicatricial pemphigoid and gestational pemphigoid. For each of these pathologies we describe the etiology, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations.
Further on we delve into the topics of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of these seven diseases together.
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