What are the racial predilections of pemphigus vulgaris?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: Bassam Zeina, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Pemphigus vulgaris affects persons of all races. The prevalence of pemphigus vulgaris is high in regions where the Jewish population is predominant. [15] For example, in Jerusalem, the prevalence of pemphigus vulgaris is estimated at 1.6 cases per 100,000 population; in Connecticut, the prevalence has been reported as 0.42 cases per 100,000 population. [16] The incidence in the United Kingdom is 0.68 case per 100 000 persons per year. The incidence of pemphigus vulgaris in Tunisia is estimated at 2.5 cases per million population per year (3.9 in women, 1.2 in men), while in France, the incidence is 1.3 cases per million population per year (no significant difference between men and women). [17] In Finland, where few people of Jewish or Mediterranean origin live, the prevalence is low, at 0.76 case per million population. [18]

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