Comorbid mental health issues in patients with pemphigus vulgaris and pemphigus foliaceus.
Author(s): Matthews R; Department of Post-Graduate Medical Education, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.
Ali Z; Department of Post-Graduate Medical Education, Salford Royal Foundation Trust.
Source: Clinical and experimental dermatology,2022 Jan; Vol. 47 (1), pp. 24-29.
Abstract: The term 'pemphigus' refers to chronic autoimmune skin disorders that cause blistering erosions on the skin and oral mucosa. The two major clinical forms are pemphigus vulgaris and pemphigus foliaceus. Although rare, they confer a stark symptomatic burden upon patients that significantly impacts daily life. Comorbid mental health issues are not routinely screened for in patients with pemphigus, and current UK guidance provides no formal provision for the identification and treatment of psychological issues. This review is the first of its kind, to our knowledge, to systematically examine the available evidence on mental health issues in pemphigus.
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