Correlation between IgA antiendomysial antibodies and subtotal villous atrophy in dermatitis herpetiformis.

@article{Volta1992CorrelationBI,
  title={Correlation between IgA antiendomysial antibodies and subtotal villous atrophy in dermatitis herpetiformis.},
  author={Umberto Volta and Nicolino Molinaro and Roberto de Franchis and L Forzenigo and Marina Landoni and Domenico Fratangelo and Francesco Bianco Bianchi},
  journal={Journal of clinical gastroenterology},
  year={1992},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={298-301}
}
Serum IgA antiendomysial antibodies (EmA) were present in 20 (64.5%) of 31 patients with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) on a normal diet. A significant correlation was found between these antibodies and the severity of gluten-induced jejunum damage. IgA EmA were positive in 19 (86%) of the 22 DH patients with subtotal villous atrophy, in comparison with the positivity of only one (11%) of the nine DH patients with less severe intestinal involvement (partial villous atrophy or mild abnormalities… CONTINUE READING

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