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Localized pemphigus vulgaris on scalp: an atypical presentation.


We present two middle-aged patients with pruritic, crusted scalp erosions. Skin biopsy showed epidermal acantholysis with IgG and C3 intercellular deposits on direct immunofluorescence, leading to the diagnosis of localized pemphigus vulgaris. Resolution of the lesions without relapse occurred after low doses of oral prednisone and intralesional triamcinolone acetonide.

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