Oral cicatricial pemphigoid.

Nelson BL, Thompson LD.
Ear Nose Throat J. 2004 Jan;83(1):22.
FIRST PARAGRAPH: Cicatricial pemphigoid is a vesiculobullous disease of the skin that may be found in the oral cavity. Previously designated ‘benign mucous membrane pemphigoid,’ cicatricial pemphigoid is a chronic, blistering, autoimmune disease that affects mucous membranes. Tissue-bound autoantibodies are directed against one or more components of the basement membrane in an affected individual. Cicatricial pemphigoid initially occurs in the fifth to seventh decades of life, and it is observed more frequently in women. Patients usually describe oral pain and/or ulceration, often of many yearsÂ’ duration. Clinically, the disease is characterized by the formation of bullae, which can be found anywhere in the oral cavity. The bullae rupture and produce ulceration, which may cause a scar (cicatrix) upon healing.
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