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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are two types of life threatening skin conditions where there is skin cell death that causes the top layer of the skin (epidermis) to separate from the lower level of skin (dermis). The reaction can be caused by a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to a medication. If SJS is not diagnosed and the medicine that is causing the skin reaction stopped, the skin reaction can become severe enough to cause massive burn injuries and death.

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Medications Linked to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

The allergic reaction to a medication or drug may not start right away and could be prolonged for up to a week or more after the medicine was started. Usually the reaction will start with a fever, sore throat, and fatigue or tiredness. As the syndrome progresses, the patient may develop ulcers or lesions in the mucus membranes such as the mouth, lips, and genital areas.

Some of the drugs that have been linked to causing SJS or TEN are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Sulfa drugs
  • Allopurinal or Aloprim
  • Zyloprim
  • Dilantin
  • Depakote
  • Levaquin
  • Diclofenac
  • Penicillin
  • Barbituates
  • Sulfonamides
  • Phenytoin
  • Azithromycin
  • Oxcarbazepine
  • Zonisamide
  • Gout medications
  • Seizure medications

The ulcers are painful and can cause problems with eating or drinking. The syndrome can go on to produce a rash and then blistering of the skin that causes it to become detached from the body or fall off. With the protective layer of skin missing, a patient with SJS or TEN is cared for and treated like a severe burn victim.

Why Your Doctors Needed to Act Quickly

The development of SJS constitutes a dermatological emergency. All medications should be stopped immediately, especially those known to be associated with SJS. Treatment is similar to burn patients where intravenous (IV) fluids and parenteral feedings are started. Beyond supportive care, nothing can be done to repair the damage that is already done.

This is why it is so important for doctors, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants to be aware that a patient may be developing Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. An early diagnosis with a quick removal of the offending medication may lessen the extent of the burns a patient develops. If the burns cover a percentage of the body surface area higher than 10%, the more likely the patient will suffer catastrophic permanent injuries or even death.

After the acute phase of SJS, patients may be left with permanent injuries such as:

  • Blindness
  • Scarring
  • Chronic and severe pain
  • Loss of teeth
  • Organ damage to heart, lungs or kidneys
  • Death

If you or a loved one developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis that went undiagnosed and untreated for a period of time and are now suffering, please contact or call one of our experienced Philadelphia drug injury lawyers at (215) 866-2424 for a strictly confidential and free consultation.

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