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Pediatric Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

Key Points About Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in Children

  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a life-threatening skin disorder that causes skin blistering and peeling.
  • It is most often triggered in the first eight weeks of using a new medicine.
  • A high fever and flu-like symptoms often occur first. This is followed by skin changes such as painful redness, peeling, blistering and raw areas of skin.
  • If your child has a fever and skin changes after starting a new medicine, get medical care right away.
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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.