A Patient’s Journey Toward a Pemphigus Vulgaris Diagnosis

A Patient’s Journey Toward a Pemphigus Vulgaris Diagnosis 


Date:                       Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time:                      12:00pm – 12:50pm                                                               

Location:               Temple Dental School

Credit:             1 (L)

Location:                 Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, 3223 N. Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Lecture Room A, Philadelphia, PA  19140

Register:                RSVP by February 3, 2020 via email to narreno@temple.edu


 Put pemphigus and pemphigoid on your radar! In this course, a patient with pemphigus vulgaris will share her emotional diagnosis journey. This deeply moving and educational presentation shines a light on the average pemphigus and pemphigoid patient experience of delayed diagnosis. For Daphne, multiple encounters with her healthcare providers and incorrect treatments. Daphne hopes her story will shorten diagnosis times for future patients.  Pemphigus and pemphigoid (P/P) are chronic, autoimmune, blistering diseases that target proteins essential in holding together skin and mucosal epithelial cells. Due to the high prevalence of patients’ oral symptoms, dental practitioners have the unique opportunity to reduce diagnostic delays.


Upon course completion, you will:

  • Reinforce the dental professional’s unique role in rendering an early diagnosis for patients with pemphigus vulgaris (PV) and mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP).
  • Outline the emotional and painful journey most PV/MMP patients experience when struggling to obtain a diagnosis for their condition.
  • Discuss the consequences of delayed diagnosis.
  • Review the dental professional’s role in reducing patient uncertainty and anxiety.
  • Reinforce the importance of considering rare diseases when assessing patients with oral lesions and the importance of a diagnostic biopsy.



Daphne Smolka

Daphne Smolka is a Patient Educator and Awareness ambassador for the IPPF. Daphne was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris in 2014 after a year being misdiagnosed in 2013. She is currently on the road to remission.  Daphne is active in a number of philanthropic activities in her community. She graduated from George Washington University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Economics. She also earned a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in 1997. Daphne lives in South Florida with her children.


Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry designates this activity for said number of continuing education credit.  Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider at http://dentistry.temple.edu/continuing-ed or to ADA CERP at ADA.org/goto/cerp.