The DRESS Syndrome: The Great Clinical Mimicker

Peter Fleming, M.D., Paul E. Marik, M.D., FCCM, FCCP


Pharmacotherapy. 2011;31(3):45e-49e. 

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Our case report highlights the difficulty in diagnosing the DRESS syndrome. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for the DRESS syndrome in patients being treated with aromatic anticonvulsants who develop a sepsislike syndrome. Furthermore, considering the potential severe adverse reactions associated with phenytoin, the risks and benefits should be carefully evaluated before using this agent for seizure prophylaxis.


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