Pemphigus following hepatitis B vaccination-coincidence or causality?

Yackov Berkun, Daniel Mimouni, Yehuda Shoenfeld*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Pemphigus is an autoimmune blistering disease caused by autoantibodies against epithelial intercellular components. Its etiology is unknown, and neoplasms, antecedent infections or medications are considered possible triggering factors for the disease in some cases. We describe the first case of pemphigus following a hepatitis B virus vaccination. We suggest that in some cases vaccination may be the triggering factor for pemphigus in genetically predisposed individuals and physicians should be aware of this possible association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-119
Number of pages3
JournalAutoimmunity
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

Keywords

  • Autoimmunity
  • HBV vaccine
  • Infections
  • Pemphigus vulgaris
  • Vaccination

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