Drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome in pediatric patients

M C Carroll, K A Yueng-Yue, N B Esterly, B A Drolet
Pediatrics 2001, 108 (2): 485-92
The antiepileptic hypersensitivity syndrome is a severe, multiorgan reaction to oral antiepileptics that manifests as fever, rash, lymphadenopathy, and hepatitis. This same reaction pattern also has been described following administration of a few unrelated medications. We report on 11 patients who had drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome and were admitted to our pediatric service and review 94 cases of this syndrome in pediatric patients identified from the literature. We undertook this study to summarize the findings and alert clinicians to the severe internal organ involvement that can occur with this syndrome.

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