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Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine

versão On-line ISSN 2078-6751
versão impressa ISSN 1608-9693


CHATEAU, Antoinette V.; DLOVA, Ncoza C.; DAWOOD, Halima  e  ALDOUS, Colleen. Outcomes of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis in HIV-infected patients when using systemic steroids and/or intravenous immunoglobulins in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. South. Afr. j. HIV med. (Online) [online]. 2019, vol.20, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2078-6751.

BACKGROUND: Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are severe life-threatening mucocutaneous reactions. There is an ongoing controversy regarding the use of systemic corticosteroids and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in SJS/TEN and their utility in HIV-infected patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective was to assess the outcome of a combination of intensive supportive care with oral corticosteroids in SJS and a combination of systemic steroids and IVIG for 3 consecutive days in HIV-infected patients with TEN. In addition, we assessed management in a general dermatology ward without implementing wound debridement. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of 36 HIV-infected adults with SJS/TEN admitted to a tertiary dermatology unit between 1st January 2010 and 31st July 2011. Standard-of-care protocols included identification and elimination of the possible causative drug, meticulous wound care without debridement, initiation of oral prednisone (1 mg/kg/day) on admission for 3 consecutive days, and the addition of IVIG (1 g/kg/day) for 3 consecutive days to those with TEN. RESULTS: Of the 36 patients in the study, 32 were female. Nevirapine was the commonest drug implicated. A diagnosis of tuberculosis did not increase the case fatality rate. Complications included infections, anaemia, drug-induced hepatitis, ocular involvement, renal impairment, deep vein thrombosis, respiratory distress, Leucopenia, gastritis and hypernatremia. The overall survival rate was 97%. CONCLUSION: HIV-infected SJS and TEN patients were treated in a tertiary dermatology ward with a treatment plan of skin care, and a combination of systemic corticosteroids and IVIG respectively had a survival rate of 97%.

Palavras-chave : Stevens-Johnson syndrome; Toxic epidermal necrolysis; Systemic steroids; Intravenous immunoglobulins.

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