What are the pulmonary complications of toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Samantha P Jellinek-Cohen, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID); Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Pulmonary complications may occur. Mucous retention and sloughing of tracheobronchial mucosa may occur, with aspiration of mucosal debris. Pneumonia and pneumonitis are common and sometimes fatal complications of TEN. Pulmonary embolism and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) have also been reported.


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