Unusual presentation of pemphigus vulgaris

F. Bardazzi, L. Guerra, A. M. Peluso, B. M. Piraccini, R. Morelli

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We report a case of a 50-year-old man who presented with a conjunctival erosion and lesions resembling acute paronychia of several fingers. The Tzanck preparation from the conjunctiva showed the presence of acantholytic cells. Skin biopsy showed suprabasal cleft formation with acantholysis. Direct immunofluorescence revealed intercellular epidermal staining with IgG and C3. Diagnosis of pemphigus vulgaris was therefore confirmed. Nail abnormalities that can be observed in pemphigus vulgaris are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-77
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • eye
  • nail
  • pemphigus vulgaris

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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