Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis: an unusual side effect of meropenem

Indian J Dermatol. 2010 Apr-Jun;55(2):176-7. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.62759.


A male patient was hospitalized as a case of pneumonia. He was diabetic, hypertensive and post Hepatitis "C" "H-C". He reported skin eruption following administration of meropenem. Skin biopsy revealed acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis. To elucidate this side effect, we conducted a literature search - this is the second case induced by meropenem. The diagnosis was made after excluding all other possible causes. Dermatologists and clinicians must be aware of this an unusual side effect.

Keywords: Post hepatitic C; meropenem; pustular eruption.