Whats the death rate of stevens johnson syndrome??
my sister was just diagnosed with stevens johnson syndrome and i'm scared it could be fatal, she's in really bad shape she's completely swollen and in pain and can't really breathe, does anyone know about this.. ..thanks
Asked by Susann Klayman 2 years ago.
53% Die of Steven Johson Syndrome... What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)? Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a severe and lifethreatening condition and has been known to be caused by taking certain medications. It is a serious systemic disorder with the potential for severe symptoms and even death, and can affect the oral, nasal, eye, vaginal, urethral, GI, and lower respiratory tract mucous membranes during the course of the illness. What are the symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)? Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) causes blisters, may lead to blindness, and possibly death. Approximately 1 in 3 people survive from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS). The disease can also cause organ damage. Typically, initial symptoms of the disease begin with a nonspecific upper respiratory tract infection. Fever, sore throat, chills, headache, and malaise may be present. Vomiting and diarrhea are also occasionally noted. Lesions of the mucous membranes can develop abruptly. If the infection has afflicted the oral and/or mucous membranes, it may be severe enough that patients may not be able to eat or drink. Though lesions may occur anywhere, the palms, soles, and hands are most commonly affected. Rashes may also develop. They may be confined to any one area of the body, most often the trunk. If any of the following symptoms occur, consult with a doctor immediately: Fever Orthostasis Tachycardia Hypotension Altered level of consciousness Epistaxis Conjunctivitis Corneal ulcerations Erosive vulvovaginitis or balanitis Seizures Coma Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is often associated with high death rates. People with severe Stevens-Johnson Syndrome die in 53% of cases. Even with treatment, permanent skin damage and scarring, organ failure, and inflammation of the lung, heart, kidney or liver, and other complications may occur. Who does Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) normally afflict? Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is reportedly known to afflict as many as one million people each year. Though viral infections can cause this rare condition, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is commonly caused by severe allergic reactions to either prescription (antibiotics and sedatives) or over-the-counter medications such as Advil and Ibuprofin. It is believed that Non Steroidal AntiInflammatory Drugs (NSAID's) including Daypro (Oxaprozein), popular COX2 inhibitors like Vioxx (Rofecoxib), Celebrex (Celecoxib), and Bextra (Valdecoxib) are a leading cause of the disease. On May 16, 2006 the Food and Drug Administration released an updated warning label for several prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications as a result of increased risk of developing Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. The following now have either a new warning regarding Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or additional language to their labeling: Advil Allergy Sinus Tablets (200 mg ibuprofen / 30 mg pseudoephedrine HCI / 2 mg chlorpheniramine maleate) Advil Cold & Sinus Tablets (200 mg ibuprofen / 30 mg pseudoephedrine HCI) Advil LiquiGels (200 mg ibuprofen capsules) Advil Migraine Capsules (200 mg ibuprofen) Children's Motrin Chewable Tablets (50 mg ibuprofen) Motrin Junior Strength Chewable Tablets (100 mg ibuprofen) Motrin Cold & Sinus Tablets (200 mg ibuprofen / 30 mg pseudoephedrine HCI) Motrin IB Tablets (200 mg ibuprofen) Motrin Infants' Drops (50 mg / 1.25 mL ibuprofen oral suspension) Tolectin 600 Tablets (Tometin Sodium) Tolectin DS Capsules (Tometin Sodium) Other drugs known for potentially causing Stevens-Johnson Syndrome include, though are not limited to: Arava/ Leflunomide Bextra/ Valdecoxib Celebrex/ Celecoxib Clinoril/ Sulindac Daypro/ Oxaprozin Enbrel/ Etanercept Feldene/ Piroxicam Lamictal/ Lamotrigne Naprosyn/ Naproxen NSAIDs Remicade/ Infleximab Septra Serzone/ Nefazodone Vioxx/ Rofecoxib. Have you, a friend or a loved one been diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)? Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is commonly associated with drug-induced allergic reactions. If you have developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) because of a prescription medication like Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex, etc. or an over-the-counter (OTC) medication like Motrin, Advil, or Ibuprofin, contact a lawyer for more information about your rights. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to compensation. Answered by Isadora Neufer 2 years ago.