What is the prognosis of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)?

Updated: Jan 17, 2019
  • Author: C Stephen Foster, MD, FACS, FACR, FAAO, FARVO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Although some patients rapidly progress to lose very large areas of the epidermis in a matter of days, the process suddenly ceases in others and re-epithelialization begins a few days later. Predicting the course of disease in a given patient at the initial presentation is not possible. Re-epithelialization is usually complete within 3 weeks, but pressure and mucosal areas may remain eroded and crusted for 2 weeks or longer.


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