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IJD SYMPOSIUM
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 117-124

Management of stevens-johnson syndrome-toxic epidermal necrolysis: Looking beyond guidelines!


1 Department of Dermatology, Grant Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Dermatology, KPC Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Dermatology, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Rajesh Kumar
Department of Dermatology, Grant Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijd.IJD_583_17

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Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are severe cutaneous adverse reactions, which are mainly caused by drugs; and these are usually associated with high degree of morbidity and mortality. Recently, two detailed guidelines were published on the management of SJS/TEN, Indian guidelines and UK guidelines. Still, there is no consensus on the management of SJS/TEN. In this article, our aim is to conceptualize the management aspect of SJS/TEN considering Indian setup. Early discontinuation of all medicines, supportive measures (hydration, electrolytes, and care of denuded skin), corticosteroids and cyclosporine has been found to be useful. Oral provocation test is reserved for patients, who undergo complete remission and this is to be done after hospitalization, under strict vigilance. As there is no consensus, the treatment should be individualized on case to case basis.


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