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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

July 1998
Volume 29 , Issue 7

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Oral Medicine: Case Reports Gingival involvement in mucous membrane pemphigoid


Pages: 438-441
PMID: 9759060

A 60-year-old woman with clinical features of desquamative gin givitis had a history of painful, blistering gingival lesions for more than 2 years. There were no other accompanying mucosal or skin lesions. Clinical examination revealed erythematous and edematous gingiva with ulcerated areas and evidence of intact and ruptured bullae. White plaquelike lesions were also noted. Gingival manipulation caused epithelial desquamation. Light microscopic examination of biopsy specimens from the perilesional gingival tissue shoed separation of the oral gingival epithelium and connective tissue at the margin of the collapsed bulla. A moderately intense inflammatory infiltrate was present in the connective tissue. Direct immunofluorescent microscopy revealed a continuous linear deposition of immunoglobulin G and C3 at the basement membrane zone. On the basis of clinical, histopathologic, and immunofluorescent findings, the diagnosis of mucous membrane pemphigoid was made.

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