PV research


At the moment, my research on treatment for pemphigus vulgaris is in a publicly-accessible Google spreadsheet .

The goal of PV treatment to decrease blister formation and promote healing of existing of blisters. The most promising long-term treatment is with rituxan, an antibody therapy initially developed for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. (What is rituximab and how does it work ?)

However, in the short-term, the goal is to stop production of new blisters and then allow existing blisters to heal. Commonly prescribed drugs include corticosteroids (prednisone) and steroid-sparing drugs (such asmycophenolate mofetil ), immunosuppressive drugs , and biologics (rituxan). The side-effects of these medications can be extensive and serious.

There is detailed information on treatment options at the Pemphigus.org website.

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Additional information about PV


See What is pemphigus vulgaris?

pemphigus vulgaris
Pemphigus vulgaris erosions and healing areas on the back, courtesy MedScape.