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A 47-year-old female asked:

What is steven johnson syndrome?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Severe allergic rash: Stevens -johnson is amongst the most severe allergic reactions one can have. It is almost always a reaction to a drug or vaccine. It usually occurs 1 week after a first exposure or 1-2 days after a second. It causes severe blistering of the skin and is a life threatening emergency that always requires inpatient hospital care-often in a burn unit.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
SJS: Stevens-johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder in which your skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. Often, stevens-johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causing the top layer of your skin to die and shed.
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Dr. Gary Moss
30 years experience
Drug reaction: One of the most severe and life-threatening forms of drug reactions. Patients peel off their skin and may need to be treated in the burn unit.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What's stevens johnson syndrome?

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Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Severe reaction: Stevens johnson syndrome (sjs) is a severe immune reaction, usually to a medication. It can present with rash that leads to sloughing (peeling off) of the skin and mucous membranes (e.g., inside the mouth or vagina). It can also cause fever and damage to internal organs. Urgent treatment by qualified medical professionals is extremely important. See your doctor if you have further questions.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for stevens johnson syndrome?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
BIopsy confirms: Stevens-johnson is such a severe and obvious disease of the skin, and often eyes and mucosal surfaces, that treatment (including support, and stopping any medication that might have triggered it) will not wait on lab testing. Biopsy may be used for confirmation.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is steven johnson syndrome contagious?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
No: Stj syndrome is the most severe form of (em) erythema multiforme. Em is a hypersensitivity reaction that occurs in response to meds, infections, or illnesses. Exact cause is unknown but thought to be related to damage to blood vessels of skin then tissue damage. Em minor is caused usually by herpes simplex or mycoplasma. Em major (stj) is usually caused by medications. Stj can be deadly!
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A 26-year-old member asked:

Can stevens johnson syndrome be cured?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Yes, sometimes: Depending on a number of factors, stevens johnson syndrome can be treated once the offending agent can be removed from the body and the immune system can be quelled and the patient protected from infection, dehydration, and multi-organ failure.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you die of stevens-johnson syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes, SJS is serious: Stevens johnson syndrome (eryth. Multi. Major, ten) is a rare but sometimes fatal allergic reaction. A person can have fever, malaise (general discomfort), skin itching, joint aches, and a fairly rapid appearance of reddened spots or patches all over. The rash can have "target" or "bulls-eye" spots, and even blisters. Eye irritation can occur, as well as sores on eyelids, lips, and in the mouth.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
Most of the time it is diagnosed the person has something else. It can be lethal and can damage the cornea. Most DRs using this diagnosis need to look it up and learn the definition.
Dec 10, 2014

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