During the past decade, major advances have been made in the accurate diagnosis of severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs) to drugs, management of their manifestations, and identification of their pathogenetic mechanisms and at-risk populations. Early recognition and diagnosis of SCARs are key in the identification of culprit drugs. SCARS are potentially life threatening, and associated with various clinical patterns and morbidity during the acute stage of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis, drug reactions with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms, and acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis. Early drug withdrawal is mandatory in all SCARs. Physicians' knowledge is essential to the improvement of diagnosis and management, and in the limitation and prevention of long-term sequelae. This Seminar provides the tools to help physicians in their clinical approach and investigations of SCARs.
Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.