A 71 year old female patient presented with erosions of the oral, genital and ocular mucosa, but without skin lesions. One year prior to the onset of lesions, a metastatic adenocarcinoma of the endometrium had been diagnosed. In perilesional skin, direct immunofluorescence showed linear deposits of C3 and IgG along the basement membrane zone. Indirect immunofluorescence demonstrated anti-basement membrane zone antibodies which bound exclusively to the dereal side of 1 M NaCl-split skin. In immunoprecipitation studies, the autoantibodies bound a set of proteins characteristic of epiligrin/laminin-5, and they specifically immunoblotted the alpha-subunit of this protein. These results confirmed our presumed diagnosis of anti-epiligrin cicatricial pemphigoid. Combined treatment with methylprednisolone and dapsone resulted in prompt remission, despite progression of her malignancy. So far, only eight patients with anti- epiligrin cicatricial pemphigoid have been reported worldwide. Our patient represents the first case from Austria and is clinically and immunopathologically similar to previously reported cases.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cicatricial pemphigoid with anti-epiligrin autoantibodies in a patient with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the endometrium|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1998|
- Anti-epiligrin autoantibodies
- Cicatricial pemphigoid
- Immunosuppressive therapy
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