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).
Sociedad Médica de Santiago
Revista médica de Chile v.128 n.12 2000
Necrolisis epidérmica tóxica. Terapia en UCI con inmunoglobulinas intravenosas en un caso