Steroid acne (SA) may occur after the administration of topical or systemic corticosteroids. Because of several consultations of spinal injury patients with a very abrupt onset of a uniform papular eruption (i.e. days) initially misdiagnosed as a drug reaction or sepsis, we followed hospitalized patients who received intravenous corticosteroids (IVC) for the development of acute-onset SA in order to determine its incidence. Fifty-one consecutive subjects receiving IVC were followed for the duration of their hospital stay and examined for the development of acneiform lesions. Acute-onset SA occurred in 1 subject (2%). Acute spinal cord injury may represent a high-risk clinical setting for acute-onset SA.
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