Summary of Pemphigus vulgaris
Flashcards on Pemphigus vulgaris
(IgG/IgM) auto-antibodies against the desmoglein protein of desmosomes are the cause of pemphigus vulgaris.
Questions on Pemphigus vulgaris
A 77-year-old man comes to the office because of multiple, painful blisters located on his face, neck, and torso. He states that he has never had blisters like this before, and that he cannot stop scratching them. His medical history includes hypertension and type II diabetes mellitus. His temperature is 36.8°C (98°F), pulse is 87/min, respirations are 18/min, and blood pressure is 117/78 mm Hg. Examination shows wide-spread blistering skin lesions. Which additional finding would most likely suggest a diagnosis of pemphigus vulgaris rather than bullous pemphigoid?