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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 306-309

Drug induced erythema multiforme: Reporting 2 cases

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Mar Baselios Dental College, Kothamangalam, Kerala, India
2 Department of General Surgery, ESIC-MC PGIMSR, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kamala Rawson
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Mar Baselios Dental College, Kothamangalam, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiaomr.jiaomr_73_18

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Erythema multiforme (EM) is a rare, acute, inflammatory mucocutaneous condition caused by a hypersensitivity reaction with the appearance of cytotoxic T lymphocytes in the epithelium that induce apoptosis in keratinocytes, which leads to satellite cell necrosis. Reactions to drugs are quite common and are generally mild, hence not reported. However, occasionally life-threatening reactions including EM major (Steven–Johnson syndrome) and toxic epidermal necrolysis may occur. A wide spectrum of drugs can sometimes give rise to EM. We report two cases of EM following administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

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