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Pemphigoid Gestationis

Background

Pemphigoid gestationis (PG) is a rare autoimmune bullous dermatosis of pregnancy (see the image below). The disease was originally named herpes gestationis for the herpetiform morphology of the blisters, but this term is a misnomer because pemphigoid gestationis is not related to or associated with any active or prior herpes virus infection.

Tense bullae are present on the arms of this other

Tense bullae are present on the arms of this otherwise healthy 32-year-old primigravida woman.

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See Diagnosing Dermatoses in Pregnant Patients: 8 Cases to Test Your Skills, a Critical Images slideshow, for help identifying several types of cutaneous eruptions associated with pregnancy.

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