Stevens Johnson Syndrome Symptoms And Treatments
Recent reports have shown that a very popular antiepileptic drug, Dilantin (phenytoin), has been definitively linked to the onset of the deadly condition known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and/or Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).
Dilantin is known by many names including; Dilantin Infatabs, Dilantin Kapseals, Dilantin-125, Phenytek, and Phenytoin Sodium.
Stephens-Johnson syndrome is an emergency medical condition in which your skin and your mucous membranes exhibit a severe adverse reaction to a medication or infection.
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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Appears Like Flu
Stevens-Johnson syndrome will often appear with flu-like symptoms, it is then quickly followed by a painful reddish purple rash that blisters and spreads profusely. The condition will eventually cause the outer layer of skin to die and shed. Treatment of the SJS focuses first on the elimination of the cause as quickly as possible followed by controlling the patient’s symptoms and minimizing any complications.
Signs of a SJS/TEN reaction will show up within a few days after starting treatment with the antiepileptic drug Dilantin. Some patients don’t show signs of an adverse reaction caused by Dilantin until weeks after using the medication.
Typically the reaction starts out with symptoms such as headaches, sore throat, trouble breathing, itchy or irritated eyes, blistered lips, and/or the beginning of a skin rash.
In time the condition only gets worse, especially if the ingestion of the inducing drug is not stopped immediately. It is critical once these symptoms arise to seek medical attention immediately.
When dealing with SJS and TEN, the sooner the reaction is diagnosed and treated the better the outcome. The condition will only get worse over time if the ingestion of the drug causing the problem is not stopped completely.
Steven Johnson Syndrome Claims Popular Pro Basketball Player
Steven Johnson Syndrome, with less than 10 per cent of the body surface area involved, has a mortality rate of around 5 per cent.
After being diagnosed you must insist on starting intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment immediately.
IVIG treatment has shown the most promise in reducing complications related to the reaction and improving symptoms.
Tragically, On June 19, 2010, Manute Bol, at one time the tallest basketball player ever to appear in the NBA at 7 feet, 7 inches tall died from acute kidney failure and complications from
Stevens–Johnson syndrome at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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