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Cutaneous drug reactions 

Cutaneous drug reactions
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Cutaneous drug reactions
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10.1093/med/9780199208388.003.23
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date: 20 October 2019

Introduction380

Types of cutaneous drug reactions382

Rashes383

Blistering drug reactions387

Pustular rashes394

Drugs may be responsible for a great number of cutaneous reactions, which vary from mild to life-threatening (Box 23.1). In most cases the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood and there are few tests that are helpful in confirming causality. The majority of reactions will arise within the first 2–3 weeks of therapy but there are rare exceptions occurring as late as 2–3 years into therapy....

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