Newly described clinical and immunopathological feature of dermatitis herpetiformis

Clin Dev Immunol. 2012;2012:967974. doi: 10.1155/2012/967974. Epub 2012 Jun 3.


Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is an inflammatory cutaneous disease with typical histopathological and immunopathological findings clinically characterized by intensely pruritic polymorphic lesions with a chronic-relapsing course. In addition to classic clinical manifestations of DH, atypical variants are more and more frequently reported and histological and immunological are added to them, whereas the impact on quality of life of patients with DH is increasingly important to a certain diagnosis. The aim of this paper is to describe all the possible clinical, histological, and immunological variants of DH in order to facilitate the diagnosis of a rare disease and, therefore, little known.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis / diagnosis*
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis / immunology
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis / pathology
  • Humans