Pemphigus Mouth Pictures - 35 Photos & Images

Pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder and is not transmitted from one individual to another.

Pemphigus may affect any mucous membrane such as the esophagus, larynx, pharynx, vagina, and anus. External skin surfaces may be affected as well. Before the use of corticosteroids in the 1950s, pemphigus vulgaris was almost uniformly fatal within five years, and it continues to be a life-threatening disease. The use of prednisone has reduced mortality and continues to be instrumental in the treatment of pemphigus vulgaris.

Pemphigus vulgaris usually affects the skin and oral tissues, but lesions in the mouth may precede skin lesions. The dental team may be the first health-care members to notice the oral lesions that occur in pemphigus vulgaris, and they are a crucial link, assisting the patient in obtaining the necessary medical care that is needed.

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