Dermatomyositis in patients with autoimmune blistering diseases

Aikaterini Patsatsi, David R. Pearson, Victoria P. Werth

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It is common for multiple autoimmune diseases to occur in the same patient. However, autoimmune blistering diseases (AIBD) do not commonly associate with dermatomyositis (DM). We performed a literature review and found 12 previous reports that may be attributed to misdiagnosis, underreporting, or true rarity of association. Herein, we present a case of pemphigus vulgaris and a case of mucous membrane pemphigoid associated with DM and review the related literature. AIBD-associated interstitial lung disease, genetic predisposition, potential environmental triggers of both AIBD and DM, drug-related triggers, and paraneoplastic processes are discussed. Dermatologists must be vigilant for a second autoimmune disease in patients with AIBD that may have therapeutic implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-260
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Dermatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Sources of support: This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development and Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development).

Publisher Copyright:
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  • Dermatomyositis
  • autoimmune
  • blistering
  • interstitial lung disease
  • pemphigoid
  • pemphigus


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