Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mycoplasma pneumonia and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: A Combination and Complication You Should Know About

       While we are all familiar with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) as a somewhat uncommon dermatologic illness in our patients in which the epidermis separates from the dermis due to cell death, we may be less familiar with outbreaks of this disorder and their etiology.   
      This week, Olson et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-0278) report on an outbreak of 8 cases of SJS seen over a three month period at Children’s Hospital Colorado that was associated with mycoplasma pneumonia infection.  Just how the association was found and what was done about it make for an interesting read.   
       If you are looking for possible etiologies of a patient you care for with SJS, add mycoplasma to your list of “rash-ional” etiologies.

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