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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 202-204

Pemphigus vulgaris presenting as gingival involvement


1 Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Periodontics, King Khalid University College of Dentistry, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Al- Badar Dental College and Hospital, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Mukhatar Ahmed Javali
Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Periodontics, King Khalid University College of Dentistry, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abha - 61471
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.101821

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Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is an autoimmune blistering disease affecting the mucous membrane and skin. Typically, oral lesions appear before skin lesions, and in a majority of the cases only oral lesions are present. The dentist may then be the first to recognize and diagnose this disease. It is unusual for PV to present over the gingiva as a primary site of involvement. Diagnosis is based on clinical presentation and confirmed by histopathological study. Early diagnosis and management can prevent the uneven life- threatening effects of this potentially chronic mucocutaneous disorder. The case serves to enhance our awareness of the gingiva as a site at which systemic disease can manifest itself.


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