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January 1971

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: Oropharyngeal Manifestations

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and the Department of Surgery/Head and Neck/Otolaryngology, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(1):37-41. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060069007

The Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a skin disease that includes oral and eye manifestations. The oral aspect of the disease may predominate which makes the diagnosis difficult. The oral lesions do not occur simultaneously and each lesion's life cycle can be classified into five stages. The eye involvement is usually limited to the conjunctiva, although much more severe ocular forms can occur. When this disease is limited to the oral cavity it is usually confused with herpes simplex. The etiology is unknown, and since it is almost always self-limited, the treatment is supportive.

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