Dermatitis herpetiformis. Part II. Diagnosis, management, and prognosis

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Jun;64(6):1027-33; quiz 1033-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.09.776.


The prompt recognition of the clinical features of dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is important, but securing a definitive diagnosis requires further work-up. Recent advances in understanding of the immunologic basis for DH have led to the development and wider availability of serologic testing, which is rapidly becoming an essential part of the diagnosis and management of DH. Part II of this series will detail the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for patients with DH, and will particularly focus on recent advances in the field.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Infective Agents / adverse effects
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Dapsone / administration & dosage
  • Dapsone / adverse effects
  • Dapsone / therapeutic use
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis / diagnosis*
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis / diet therapy
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis / immunology
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis / therapy*
  • Diet, Gluten-Free
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team
  • Physical Examination
  • Prognosis
  • Serologic Tests
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Dapsone