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Critical Situations
March 2001

A Case of Trichloroethylene Hypersensitivity Syndrome

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(3):274-276. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-137-3-dcs00002

A 36-year-old Chinese man presented with a 6-day history of fever, a 5-day history of a generalized erythematous maculopapular rash, a 4-day history of red sore eyes, and a 3-day history of sore lips. He did not have any history of ingestion of medications or herbs.

Physical examination revealed a generalized erythematous maculopapular rash, which gradually became confluent and dusky, but was still blanchable. No blisters were seen at presentation. There were extensive moist erosions on the patient's lips, buccal mucosa, and oropharynx. There was bilateral conjunctival injection, which the ophthalmologist diagnosed as pseudomembranous conjunctivitis. There was no hepatosplenomegaly.

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