Translated title of the contribution: Mucous membrane pemphigoid

M. M. Holtsche*, D. Zillikens, E. Schmidt

*Corresponding author for this work


Mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) is a pemphigoid disease defined by the presence of autoantibodies against the dermal–epidermal junction and predominant involvement of mucous membranes. Diagnosis is made by the clinical presentation and linear deposits of IgG and/or IgA and/or C3 at the dermal–epidermal junction by direct immunofluorescence microscopy of a perilesional biopsy. Circulating autoantibodies can be detected in most patients by indirect immunofluorescence microscopy on salt-split human skin as well as ELISA and immunoblotting with recombinant and cell-derived target antigens. For systemic treatment of MMP, corticosteroids, dapsone, mycophenolates, and azathioprine are applied. In severe cases and in cases with rapid disease progression cyclophosphamide, rituximab, high-dose intravenous immunoglobulins, and immunoadsorption are used. For the successful management of MMP patients, close cooperation with dentists, ophthalmologists, ENT specialists, gynecologists, and gastroenterologists is essential.

Translated title of the contributionMucous membrane pemphigoid
Original languageGerman
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2018


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