Pemphigus vulgaris is a rare autoimmune disease that causes painful blistering on the skin and mucous membranes. If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system mistakenly attacks your healthy tissues.
The most common areas including the:
Can occur at any age, but it’s most often seen in people who are middle-aged or older. There is no known cause of the condition, but it is not contagious. Common symptoms include:
Your doctor may then take a biopsy of the blister, which involves removing a piece of tissue for analysis, and looking at it under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis. The biopsy may be treated in the laboratory with chemical substances that help your doctor find the abnormal antibodies. Your doctor can use this information to determine the type of pemphigus.
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