Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a chronic, blistering disorder
that affects approximately 30,000 individuals in the United States.
In almost 80% of cases, the first sign of disease is oral
blistering, so dentists often play a key role in the referral of patients. In
nearly half of patients, lesions spread, with nasal and/or laryngeal
involvement. Blistering of the skin may occur on any
part of the body and is often accompanied by burning, pain, itching, or
stinging, with a significant adverse impact on quality of life and mental
Dental providers must work closely with rheumatologists and
dermatologists to recognize and differentially diagnose patients with PV.
In this activity, the central role of the dental
provider in coordinating multidisciplinary care of patients with PV will be
addressed, as well as the clinical symptomology and current treatment paradigms
- Examine the clinical symptomology of PV as well as
the impact of disease on patient quality of life.
- Review strategies for the timely identification
and referral of patients with suspected PV.
- Review current treatment paradigms for patients
- Evaluate effective approaches for the
multidisciplinary care of patients with PV.
This course is sponsored by Vindico Medical