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Stevens Johnson syndrome

Stevens Johnson syndrome

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (erythema multiforme major) is a serious disorder affecting the skin and mucous membranes that is related to a hypersensitivity reaction that usually occurs in response to medications and sometimes infection.

This syndrome usually begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causing the top layer of skin to die and shed (slough).

Child with Steven-Johnson syndrome

Treatment

This is a medical emergency that requires hospitalization and may require surgical intervention.