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glossary:pemphigus_vulgaris

(1) Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is one of a group of chronic, relapsing autoimmune diseases causing blistering of the skin and mucous membranes.

Substances called antibodies produced by the immune system normally attack hostile viruses and bacteria. In a person with pemphigus, the immune system mistakenly regards the cells in skin and mucous membranes as foreign, and attacks them. This causes burn-like lesions or blisters that do not heal.

Pemphigus vulgaris is very rare. There is no cure but it is controllable with heavy immunosuppressive treatment. It is non-infectious.

(2) Pemphigus is a group of rare skin disorders that cause blisters of your skin or mucous membranes, such as in your mouth or on your genitals.

Pemphigus can occur at any age, but often strikes people in middle age or older. Although it affects all races and cultures, pemphigus tends to be more common in people of Middle Eastern or Jewish descent.

Usually a chronic condition, pemphigus is best controlled by early diagnosis and treatment, which may include medications or treatments similar to those used for severe burns. The less widespread your pemphigus is, the easier it may be to control.

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