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What are the tests for pemphigus?
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Biopsy
The diagnosis of pemphigus is made by history and examination of characteristic lesions on the skin or in the mouth and throat.
A definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy with examination of the tissue by a dermatopathologist.

In brief: Biopsy
The diagnosis of pemphigus is made by history and examination of characteristic lesions on the skin or in the mouth and throat.
A definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy with examination of the tissue by a dermatopathologist.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. John Ebner
Dermatology
In brief: Skin Biopsy w/ DIF
Diagnosing pemphigus vulgaris (and for that matter all autoimmune skin blistering diseases) requires two skin biopsies.
One is a regular biospy (h&e) and the other is an immunofluorescence test (dif). The dif is a very special test that is very specific for these diseases. It is a must to accurately diagnose the condition. Blood tests can be used to help in diagnosis and monitor treatment.

In brief: Skin Biopsy w/ DIF
Diagnosing pemphigus vulgaris (and for that matter all autoimmune skin blistering diseases) requires two skin biopsies.
One is a regular biospy (h&e) and the other is an immunofluorescence test (dif). The dif is a very special test that is very specific for these diseases. It is a must to accurately diagnose the condition. Blood tests can be used to help in diagnosis and monitor treatment.
Dr. John Ebner
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