Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, you may be eligible for compensation. To find out if you qualify, contact our experienced Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorneys and discuss your circumstances in a free and private consultation.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Information
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare, treacherous, life-threatening disorder. It is a severe allergic skin reaction, most often caused by drugs — usually a sulfa antibiotic. Additional drugs have also been linked to the serious skin disorder. These include:
- Other antibiotics
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, in particular Children’s Advil® and Motrin®
- Anti-seizure medications, especially Dilantin®
- Drugs to treat gout
Certain infections and vaccinations have also led to the development of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Persons with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV or systemic lupus erythematosus are more susceptible to getting SJS, as are people with particular genetic abnormalities. In addition, exposure to radiation and ultraviolet light can lead to the disorder in patients allergic to them.
The syndrome was first discovered in 1922 by two pediatricians, A.M. Stevens and S.C. Johnson. The doctors diagnosed a child who had a severe drug reaction in the eyes and mouth.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome typically begins with a group of flu-like reactions to certain medications. The initial symptoms include headache, fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, cough and swelling of the eye lids and red eyes. After these first symptoms appear, the more severe, life-threatening conditions rapidly occur. These include:
- A red and purple rash that may be target shaped, become raised and form blisters
- Blisters on the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, eyes, ears, anus and genital areas
- Swollen face and tongue
- Skin that blisters eventually sloughs off, leaving the underlying tissue exposed and open to potentially fatal infections
- Very painful skin from SJS
Patients may be treated like persons who have been severely burned. They may be cared for in a hospital intensive care burn unit where they can receive fluids and nutrients intravenously and their wounds are covered with soothing compresses. Nurses gently peel off the flaking skin and can apply topical anesthetics to help patients tolerate the pain. It is especially important to keep the skin that is blistered and peeling free from any contamination that could lead to life-threatening or fatal infection.
Patients suffering from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome are susceptible to dire complications. They might have a skin infection, called cellulitis, which can progress to potentially fatal cases of meningitis. This occurs when the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord become infected.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome patients need to be watched carefully for a body-wide infection, called sepsis, in which infection enters the bloodstream and can quickly lead to shock and organ failure.
Inflammation of the eyes resulting from SJS can result in dry eyes or irritation in less serious circumstances. But, widespread tissue damage and scarring of the eyes can leave someone blind.
Serious Organ Damage
Scarring of internal organ can lead to permanent damage in the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver.
Permanent injury to the skin
The skin that grows over the former lesions may be permanently scarred, abnormally colored, and have bumps. The hair can fall out and the fingernails and toenails may be permanently damaged.
Children’s Advil®, Children’s Motrin®, and Dilantin® are among the medications that have been associated with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. If you or someone you love has suffered from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome after taking one of these products, you may want to contact a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorney. Our attorneys are highly qualified and experienced lawyers who are available to accept cases on behalf of patients and families affected by the serious skin disease, nationwide. We have the experience and the dedication to take your case to trial if necessary.
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