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The first international consensus on mucous membrane pemphigoid: definition, diagnostic criteria, pathogenic factors, medical treatment, and prognostic indicators.
OBJECTIVE We aimed to develop consensus-based recommendations for streamlining medical communication among various health care professionals, to improve accuracy of diagnosis and treatment, and toExpand
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Structural basis for major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-linked susceptibility to autoimmunity: charged residues of a single MHC binding pocket confer selective presentation of self-peptides in
Human T-cell-mediated autoimmune diseases are genetically linked to particular alleles of MHC class II genes. Susceptibility to pemphigus vulgaris (PV), an autoimmune disease of the skin, is linkedExpand
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Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis: a review of the literature.
OBJECTIVE To perform a comprehensive review of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. DATA SOURCES A MEDLINE search was performed for the years 1975 to 2003 using the keywordsExpand
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A review of the current use of rituximab in autoimmune diseases.
Rituximab is a human/murine chimeric monoclonal antibody primarily used for treating non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphoma. Recently it has also been used in the treatment of several autoimmune diseases. AExpand
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Treatment of pemphigus vulgaris with rituximab and intravenous immune globulin.
BACKGROUND Pemphigus vulgaris is a potentially fatal autoimmune mucocutaneous blistering disease. Conventional therapy consists of high-dose corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents, and intravenousExpand
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Pemphigoid gestationis: a review.
Pemphigoid gestationis is a rare autoimmune vesiculobullous skin disease closely related to the pemphigoid group of blistering disorders. It is unique in that it is most frequently associated withExpand
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Efficacy of Dapsone in the Treatment of Pemphigus and Pemphigoid
Dapsone is a chemotherapeutic agent primarily used in treating leprosy, Pneumocystis jiroveci(previously carinii) pneumonia, and malaria. It is also used as an adjuvant in the treatment of pemphigusExpand
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Interleukin-10: biology, role in inflammation and autoimmunity.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES Reading this article will increase the readers' knowledge of the biology of interleukin-10 (IL-10) an important cytokine. The survival of an organism and its host defenseExpand
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Consensus statement on the use of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy in the treatment of autoimmune mucocutaneous blistering diseases.
OBJECTIVES The purpose of the meeting of the Consensus Development Group was to critically evaluate the current published data on the use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapy in the treatmentExpand
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Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy for ocular cicatricial pemphigoid: a preliminary study.
OBJECTIVE To report the effects of intravenous immunoglobulin treatment of ten patients with progressive ocular cicatricial pemphigoid who did not respond to conventional immunomodulatory regimens.Expand
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