A vegetating variety of pemphigus foliaceus

Dermatologica. 1990;180(2):102-5. doi: 10.1159/000248003.


A 77-year-old man was seen with florid, vegetating nodules in the umbilical, axillary and inguinal areas, scaly erythema in the trunk and fragile nails. Histologically, marked to moderate acanthosis and papillomatosis with intraepidermal abscesses composed of acantholytic cells, eosinophils and neutrophils were seen in the vegetating lesions which showed intercellular IgG deposit by the direct immunofluorescence technique. There were no circulating pemphigus antibodies. The lesions were successfully treated by topical corticosteroids. However, flaccid bullae with hypopyon showing subcorneal acantholysis and intercellular IgG deposits continued to develop. After 3 1/2 years, circulating pemphigus antibody of IgG2 subclass was demonstrated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acantholysis / pathology
  • Administration, Topical
  • Aged
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Betamethasone / analogs & derivatives
  • Betamethasone / therapeutic use
  • Clobetasol / analogs & derivatives
  • Clobetasol / therapeutic use
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / analysis
  • Male
  • Pemphigus / drug therapy
  • Pemphigus / pathology*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • betamethasone-17,21-dipropionate
  • Betamethasone
  • Clobetasol