Small bowel (small intestine)
Dermatitis herpetiformis

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 12 February 2018, last major update August 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Dermatitis herpetiformis[TI] small bowel[TIAB]

See also: Skin - nontumor chapter
Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Dermatitis herpetiformis. website. Accessed October 19th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Usually present with skin manifestations only and are not aware of the underlying small bowel problems
  • Resembles celiac sprue - both respond to gluten free diet (skin lesions improve), both associated with HLA B8 and HLA DR3, both associated with lymphoma
  • Pruritic, papulovesicular lesions symmetrically distributed on scalp, buttocks, extremities, with granular deposition of IgG at epidermal dermal junctional
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Severe mucosal lesion on small bowel biopsy
  • May be patchy with variable villus abnormality