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Autoimmune Bullous Diseases (Hideyuki Ujiie, Associate Professor)

It’s been four years since the Special Clinic for Autoimmune Bullous Diseases opened. Dr. Hideyuki Ujiie, Dr. Inkin Ujiie and I see the patients. The numbers of patients have greatly increased since the clinic opened, and we’re able to observe the long-term courses of disorders. In FY2017, we conducted a physician-led therapeutic trial, in cooperation with other facilities, on rituximab as a treatment for intractable pemphigoid. We found this novel treatment to be more effective than steroids, which have been used. Our research focuses on autoimmune subepidermal blistering diseases, particularly on bullous pemphigoid. So, I’d like to thank the doctors of Koshikai and of affiliated hospitals for actively referring patients. We will, of course, make contributions that affect all the readers, such as by providing methods for immunofluorescence studies. We also aim to achieve results for presentation at meetings and to publish papers by reviewing our experience of treating patients and the courses of patients that we’ve accumulated.

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