Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) Lyell's syndrome

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Toxic epidermal necrolysis, a unique rapidly developing mucocutaneous reaction pattern, characterized by sheets of erythema, necrosis and bullous detachment of the epidermis, closely resembling that of scalding of the skin and rapidly fatal, was described by Lyell, and is now recognized as toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) Lyell's syndrome. The condition is indistinguishable from staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS), and generalized fixed drug eruption. Hence, there has always been controversy as regards terminology. It is well conceived that TEN is equivalent to Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), at its greatest severity. TEN, therefore, is a great challenge and warrants instant attention based on a thorough knowledgeable background covering several related facets including the recent advances in pathogenesis and management strategies. The details contained in the following text should prove very useful in the comprehension of a largely intractable entity.

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Sehgal, V. N., & Srivastava, G. (2005, December). Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) Lyell’s syndrome. Journal of Dermatological Treatment.

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