Allopurinol Induced Stevens – Johnson Syndrome: A Rare Case Report
Adverse drug reactions occur in about 3-5% of all hospital admissions and are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Drug induced allergic reactions are categorised as IgE mediated and non IgE-mediated hypersensitivity reactions. These reactions vary from mild rashes to severe life threatening reactions like Stevens Johnson syndrome (SJS). SJS is a rare but potentially fatal adverse drug reaction. It can be associated with infection or combination of infection and adverse drug reactions. A case of 50 year old male normotensive, non diabetic, non alcoholic suffering from gouty arthritis is reported here. Diagnosis of SJS was made on history and clinical examination and the patient was successfully treated with parenteral antibiotics, antihistamines, corticosteroids and IV fluids.