Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare, life-threatening skin condition that is most often caused by adverse reactions to drugs. SJS is a disorder of the body’s skin and mucous membranes, and can result in symptoms ranging from painful skin rashes to blindness, and even death.
SJS is an extremely rare disorder, and is sometimes misdiagnosed by doctors and medical professionals. Patients that experience Stevens-Johnson Syndrome may be entitled to compensation if their symptoms were the result of an adverse reaction to a defective drug.
If you or a loved one have suffered through the severe, painful and life-threatening experience of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, call Henson Fuerst right away. Our North Carolina Defective Drug Lawyers will fight hard to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Signs and Symptoms
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome almost always begins with the patient experiencing a painful skin irritation and flu-like symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, cough and sore mouth and throat. As the disease continues to progress, patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Rash, blisters and red spots on the skin
- Blisters in the eyes, mouth, ears, nose and genital areas
- Flu-like symptoms, including headache, nausea, fatigue and cough
- Shedding of skin
In its most severe cases, SJS is referred to as Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN). Many patients that experience severe SJS/TEN suffer long-term health effects and permanent medical conditions such as:
- Scarring and permanent skin damage
- Blood Infection, or sepsis