Stevens Johnson Syndrome in itself is an extremely serious and potentially deadly condition.
The condition is usually an allergic reaction in response to medication, infection or illness. It can cause the top layer of skin to shed and die, which is extremely painful for the patient.
But according to the Mayo Clinic, Stevens Johnson Syndrome can also bring a host of complications, including:
Secondary skin infection, or “cellulitis”: This acute infection of the skin can lead to life-threatening complications, including meningitis — an infection of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord — and sepsis.
Sepsis: Sepsis occurs when bacteria from a massive infection enters the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. Sepsis is a rapidly progressing, life-threatening condition that can cause shock and organ failure.
Eye problems: The rash caused by Stevens-Johnson syndrome can lead to inflammation in the eyes. In mild cases, this may cause irritation and dry eyes. In severe cases, it can lead to extensive tissue damage and scarring within the eyes that can result in blindness.
Damage to internal organs: Stevens-Johnson syndrome can cause lesions on the internal organs, which can result in inflammation of the lungs (pneumonitis), heart (myocarditis), kidney (nephritis) and liver (hepatitis).
Permanent skin damage: When your skin grows back following Stevens-Johnson syndrome, it may have abnormal bumps and coloring (pigmentation). Scars may remain on the skin, as well. Lasting skin problems may cause hair to fall out, and fingernails and toenails to grow abnormally.
If you or a loved one have suffered from the condition, you should consult with a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorney at Lopez McHugh to evaluate whether you have a claim.
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