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glossary:dermatitis_herpetiformis

(1) A chronic disease of the skin marked by severe itching and the extensive eruption of vesicles (blisters)and groups of papules.

(2) Dermatitis characterized by grouped, erythematous, papular, vesicular, pustular, or bullous lesions occurring in various combinations, often accompanied by vesicobullous and ulcerative lesions of the oral mucous membranes.

(3) Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is an important associated disorder or complication of celiac disease which is manifested in the form of a skin rash. There is strong evidence that the changes in the intestinal mucosa and the immunologic findings in the majority of patients diagnosed with DH are identical with those found in celiac disease. Gluten has been found to have a close relationship with this skin rash. DH is often referred to as “celiac disease of the skin” while CD is referred to as “celiac disease of the gut.”

Also called Duhring's disease.

glossary/dermatitis_herpetiformis.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)