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Dermatitis Herpetiformis (also called Duhring's disease), is a chronic itchy rash which is frequently associated with Celiac Disease. The rash is made of papules and vesicles which are present on different parts of the body mostly commonly on neck, trunk, buttocks and knees. It is an autoimmune mediated skin condition, which is IgA mediated reaction and is associated with gluten sensitivity of small bowel. There is presence of antibodies which leads to positive serology test results.

Dermatitis herpetiformis is associated with high prevalence of other autoimmune diseases.

Key MRI Findings in Dermatitis Herpetiformis

MRI can be used to find intra and extra-intestinal manifestations in celiac disease[1].

MRI can be used to diagnose any associated autoimmune diseases, like thyroid issues [2].

Examples of MRI Findings in Dermatitis Herpetiformis


  1. Tomei E, Semelka RC, Braga L, Laghi A, Paolantonio P, Marini M, Passariello R, Di Tola M, Sabbatella L, Picarelli A. Adult celiac disease: what is the role of MRI? J Magn Reson Imaging. 2006 Sep;24(3):625-9. doi: 10.1002/jmri.20664. PMID: 16888777.
  2. Sawhney MP, Singh S. Dermatitis herpetiformis, primary hypothyroidism and pituitary mass mimicking macroadenoma regression after treatment with thyroxin, corticosteroids and dapsone. Indian J Dermatol. 2011;56(6):744-746

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