Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Stevens Johnson Syndrome is an auto-immune disorder affecting the skin and the mucous membranes. Symptoms of the disorder include:
- Painful, blistering skin rash
- Peeling skin
- Blistering sores in the mucous membranes of eyes, mouth, nostrils, throat, anal, and genital areas
In severe cases of Stevens Johnson Syndrome, skin may peel off in sheets from large areas of the body. Approximately 3-15% of people suffering from this condition die as a result. It typically affects people over age 40, although on occasion, cases of Stevens Johnson Syndrome have been reported in children as young as three months old.
While Stevens Johnson Syndrome may be caused by viral infections, it is most often the result of an allergic reaction to medication. Some of the most common medications known to cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome include:
If you or a loved one has developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome as a result of taking one of the above-mentioned medications, you may be entitled to receive compensation through a pharmaceutical injury lawsuit. An experienced defective drug attorney can review your claim and advise you on how to proceed.