Positive results have an immunofluorescence pattern
Pemphigus antibodies react with the
epidermal keratinocyte surface, giving a ‘chicken-wire’
pattern. Pemphigoid antibodies to the dermo-epidermal
junction show a linear pattern
Bullous pemphigoid is mainly a disease of the
elderly, antibody levels do not correlate with activity.
Pemphigus vulgaris is potentially fatal, antibody levels reflect