What is toxic epidermal necrolysis?

Toxic epidermal necrolysis (a form of SJS) is a life-threatening skin disorder characterized by blistering of the mucous membranes (similar to Stevens Johnson Syndrome) and the top layers of skin peeling off in sheets, leaving large areas that look scalded. As a result, fluids and scales ooze from the raw and damaged areas, which could potentially get infected. This condition can be caused by a drug reaction or another disease and about 1/3 of all diagnosed cases are a result of unknown causes. The following are the most common symptoms of toxic epidermal necrolysis:

• A painful, red area that spreads quickly;
• The top layer of skin may peel without blistering;
• Scalded-looking raw areas of flesh;
• Discomfort (malaise);
• Fever;
• Condition spread to eyes, mouth, and genitals.

Each person's symptoms can vary and the symptoms may resemble other dermatologic conditions. Contact your health care provider immediately if you notice any particularly unusual problems with your skin. If you are diagnosed with toxic epidermal necrolysis and you are a regular user of Bextra (or other drugs carrying a similar risk), contact one of the Bextra lawyers by clicking the panels you see on the left and right sides of this page for immediate legal assistance. You may have a claim for damages.

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