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Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS): Is cutaneous phenotype a prognostic marker for outcome? A review of clinicopathological features of 27 cases.
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PMID:  23034060     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Introduction:  Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) describes a heterogenous group of severe adverse reactions to medications. The cutaneous phenotype has a number of guises, accompanied by a variety of systemic features including fever, haematological abnormalities and visceral involvement, most commonly the liver. Clinical markers of prognosis have not been identified. Methods:  We reviewed the clinical features, dermatopathology and outcomes of 27 consecutive cases of DRESS presenting to a single unit. Results:  4 distinct patterns of cutaneous involvement were identified: an urticated papular exanthem (13/27 patients), a morbilliform erythema (3/27), an exfoliative erythroderma (3/27) and an erythema multiforme-like (EM-like) reaction consisting of atypical targets (8/27). All patients mounted a fever, most developed lymphadenopathy (24/27) and a peripheral eosinophilia (25/27) and the most common organ involved was the liver (26/27). Review of dermatopathic features of patients with DRESS demonstrated a superficial spongiotic dermatitis in the majority of cases (16/27). A smaller number of cases showed basal cell vacuolar degeneration and necrotic keratinocytes (9/27). These patients with these biopsy findings more commonly had an erythema multiforme like cutaneous phenotype, and more severe hepatic involvement. 3 patients died, 2 following failed liver transplants. Conclusions:  Our series is the first in which a detailed dermatological assessment has been made of consecutive patients presenting with DRESS, and the largest UK series to date. Our results suggest a possible prognostic role of the cutaneous and dermatopathic findings in DRESS in predicting the severity of visceral involvement in this syndrome.
S Walsh; S Diaz-Cano; E Higgins; R Morris-Jones; S Bashir; W Bernal; D Creamer
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of dermatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2133     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0004041     Medline TA:  Br J Dermatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 British Association of Dermatologists.
Departments of Dermatology, Histopathology, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS Departments of Hepatology, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS.
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