Stevens Johnson Syndrome in Children May Be Misdiagnosed as Chicken Pox
Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious skin condition that can cause long-term health complications. Stevens Johnson Syndrome can sometimes be misdiagnosed as chicken pox so it’s important that parents be able to recognize the symptoms of SJS.
What is Stevens Johnson Syndrome?
SJS and TEN (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis) are two related skin conditions that can potentially be fatal if not treated properly. Stevens Johnson Syndrome is believed to be caused by an allergic reaction and the condition has been linked to a number of different types of medications, including antibiotics, NSAID pain relievers and anti-seizure medications. In children, SJS has been linked to over-the-counter fever medications, including Children’s Motrin and Children’s Tylenol.
What Are the Symptoms of Stevens Johnson Syndrome?
Stevens Johnson Syndrome symptoms may begin to develop within hours of taking medication or take several weeks to present themselves. Initially, children with SJS may exhibit flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, headache or body ache. A red or purple rash may also be present. A few days after the initial symptoms appear, small blisters or pustules will begin to develop over the skin, which is what can lead to an incorrect diagnosis of chicken pox. With chicken pox, the blisters are small and appear over a period of two to three days. Usually, within a week, the blisters have crusted over and begin to disappear.
With Stevens Johnson Syndrome, the blisters do not disappear on their own. The lesions are typically larger and surrounded by concentric red rings. The blisters are generally most severe in areas where the skin is thinnest and most sensitive, such as the eyes, mouth and nose. Eventually, the upper layers of skin may begin to slough off, leaving the patient with a burned appearance. As the upper layers of skin begin to peel away, the risk of infection and shock increases as bodily fluids are lost.
In children, Stevens Johnson Syndrome can cause a number of long-term health complications, including organ damage, permanent skin damage or disfigurement and impaired vision. A Texas woman recently filed a lawsuit against the maker of anti-seizure drug which she claims caused her son be permanently blinded after developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome. Stevens Johnson Syndrome may also be fatal in approximately 15% of all cases.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome Caused by Children’s Motrin
Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Children’s Motrin, has faced numerous lawsuits filed by parents whose children developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome after using the medication. If your child suffered an allergic skin reaction after taking Children’s Motrin, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. An experienced Stevens Johnson Syndrome attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and assist you in filing your claim.
Law offices ofNadrich & Cohen is currently investigating Stevens Johnson Syndrome claims in all 50 states. For more information on filing a Children’s Motrin SJS lawsuit, call 1-800-718-4658 to begin your free initial case evaluation. There is never a fee unless damages are recovered on your behalf.