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Medical Malpractice & Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious condition involving the skin and mucous membranes and typically occurs in children and younger adults. It often results in very painful, extensive rashes and blisters. In some cases, serious complications can occur such as kidney failure or death.
When Stevens-Johnson Syndrome affects significant areas of skin, it is known as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN).
SJS and TEN are caused most often by a reaction to certain medications such as antibiotics, seizure medications and even over the counter pain relievers. Allopurinal, a popular gout medication, can also cause these conditions. In some cases, SJS and TEN are caused by infections like pneumonia or herpes.
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Medical Malpractice & Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in Pennsylvania
Medical providers who may face liability for negligence in the diagnosis and treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis include: hospitals, emergency rooms, primary care physicians, dermatologists, and infectious disease experts.
If you or a loved one believe you received negligent medical care or treatment for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, contact us today. It’s critical to seek help from a medical malpractice law firm to identify the legal and medical issues as soon as possible.
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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Treatment
Early diagnosis and treatment is critical for better outcomes for SJS and TEN. Treatment includes cessation of the medication, wound care and medications.
Ceasing the medication that is causing SJS is critical. In some instances, it may not be readily apparent which medication is causing the symptoms. Reactions to a medication can occur as long as 2 weeks after discontinuing it. Ceasing all non-essential medications may be required. Identifying the medication quickly can alleviate the skin reaction and allow new skin to grow in a matter of days.
Wound care is important to prevent any long term issues. Rashes and blisters caused by SJS can result in permanent scars, and in some cases, permanent damage to hair or nails can occur. Wound care includes removing dead tissue, compresses and dressings.
Medications used to treat SJS include pain medication, antibiotics, steroids to reduce inflammation.
Complications from Misdiagnosis or Failure to Treat
Failing to properly diagnose or treat SJS can result in the multiple complications.
- Kidney failure or damage is one of the more common complications. Failure to diagnose acute kidney failure can lead to death.
- Sepsis is a serious bloodstream infection that may be fatal in certain populations. Improper wound care can result in sepsis, which often progresses rapidly.
- Disfigurement can occur when SJS or TEN causes severe rashes and blisters. Permanent scarring can result.
Other serious conditions can also occur. Since SJS involves mucous membranes, in addition to skin, other major areas can be affected. Permanent eye loss and lung conditions have been reported in SJS and TEN patients.
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