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ANDRESEN H, Max et al. Toxic epidermal necrolysis. Report of one case treated with intravenous immunoglobulins. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2000, vol.128, n.12, pp.1343-1348. ISSN 0034-9887.

We report a 27 years old homosexual male with AIDS that was admitted to the ICU dehydrated, with fever and severe malaise. He had irregular bullae, an extensive purpuric exanthema and a zone of epidermic detachment in the right arm. A toxic epidermal necrolysis was diagnosed and therapy with i.v. immunoglobulins was started. After four days of treatment, bullous lesions disappeared and the extension of exanthema decreased. Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a potentially fatal disease and the use of intravenous immunoglobulins for this condition has been reported as successful (Rev Méd Chile 2000; 128: 1343-48).

Keywords : Epidermolysis; bullae; HIV; Immunoglobulins, intravenous.

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