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Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid


Synonyms of Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid
  • Cicatricial Pemphigoid
  • CP
  • MMP
  • Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Brunsting-Perry Syndrome
  • Localized Cicatricial Pemphigoid
  • Vegetating Cicatricial Pemphigoid


General Discussion
Mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) is a rare group of chronic autoimmune disorders characterized by blistering lesions that primarily affect the various mucous membranes of the body. The mucous membranes of the mouth and eyes are most often affected. The mucous membranes of the nose, throat, genitalia, and anus may also be affected. The symptoms of MMP vary among affected individuals depending upon the specific site(s) involved and the progression of the disease. Blistering lesions eventually heal, sometimes with scarring. Progressive scarring may potentially lead to serious complications affecting the eyes and throat. In some cases, blistering lesions also form on the skin, especially in the head and neck area. The exact cause of MMP is unknown.

Mucous membrane pemphigoid has been known by many different names within the medical literature including benign mucous membrane pemphigoid, cicatricial (scarring) pemphigoid, and ocular cicatricial pemphigoid. In March of 2002, a consensus group of researchers determined that mucous membrane pemphigoid was the best designation for this group of disorders. The term benign mucous membrane pemphigoid was deemed inappropriate because of the potential for serious complications in some cases. The term cicatricial pemphigoid excluded affected individuals who do not develop scarring. Site-specific terms such as ocular cicatricial pemphigoid excluded individuals with multiple site involvement.
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Organizations related to Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid
  • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
    22100 Gratiot Avenue
    Eastpointe MI 48021
    Phone #: 586-776-3900
    800 #: 800-598-4668
    e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
    Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
  • AutoImmunity Community
    None
    None None None
    Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
    Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
  • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
    PO Box 4121
    Brick NJ 08723
    Phone #: 732-664-9259
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
    Home page: http://www.aininc.org
  • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
    c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
    Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
    Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: info@esid.org
    Home page: http://www.esid.org
  • International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation
    2701 Cottage Way
    Sacramento CA 95825
    Phone #: 916-922-1298
    800 #: --
    e-mail: pemphigus@pemphigus.org
    Home page: http://www.pemphigus.org
  • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
    1 AMS Circle
    Bethesda MD 20892-3675
    Phone #: 301-495-4484
    800 #: 877-226-4267
    e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info



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