Pemphigus Diagnosis

While the clinical presentation is helpful, a skin biopsy usually confirms a diagnosis of pemphigus. In most cases, two biopsies are taken—one for routine evaluation and another for immunofluorescence.

This procedure identifies which of the patient's antibodies is present and is helpful in distinguishing pemphigus from other blistering diseases.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Aug 2000

Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015