Dermatitis Herpetiformis Questions & Answers

Updated: Jun 06, 2018
  • Author: Jami L Miller, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is dermatitis herpetiformis?

How is dermatitis herpetiformis diagnosed?

What is the pathophysiology of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of co-localized immunoglobulin A (IgA) and ethyl glucuronide (eTG) in the pathophysiology of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of E-selectin messenger RNA (mRNA) in the pathophysiology of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of hormones in the pathophysiology of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of gluten in the etiology of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of gluten-sensitive enteropathy in the etiology of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the etiology of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the criterion standard for the diagnosis of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of genetics in the etiology of dermatitis herpetiformis?

Which conditions are associated with dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the prevalence of dermatitis herpetiformis in the US?

What is the global prevalence of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What are the racial predilections of dermatitis herpetiformis?

How does the prevalence of dermatitis herpetiformis vary by sex?

How does the prevalence of dermatitis herpetiformis vary by age?

What is the prognosis of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the mortality and morbidity of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What information about dermatitis herpetiformis should patients receive?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What are the physical findings characteristic of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What are the complications of dermatitis herpetiformis?

DDX

Which condition should be included in the differential diagnoses for dermatitis herpetiformis?

What are the differential diagnoses for Dermatitis Herpetiformis?

Workup

What is the role of lab studies in the diagnosis of dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of skin biopsy in the diagnosis of dermatitis herpetiformis?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of dermatitis herpetiformis?

Treatment

What are the treatment options for dermatitis herpetiformis?

Which interventions have been found to be less effective for treatment of dermatitis herpetiformis?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial for patients with dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is the role of gluten-free diet in the treatment of dermatitis herpetiformis?