BMJ Case Reports 2016; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-214926

Carbamazepine induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome

  1. Janice E Ferguson3
  1. 1Department of Dermatology, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK
  2. 2St Johns Institute of Dermatology, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Dermatology, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andre Khoo, andre.khoo{at}
  • Accepted 23 February 2016
  • Published 11 March 2016


A 36-year-old Sri Lankan man had a 10-year history of epilepsy, which was well controlled on sodium valproate. Having run out of his regular medication on vacation, he started taking his sister's carbamazepine. He presented to the emergency department 9 days later with general malaise and widespread blisters. On examination, he was febrile, tachycardic and had centrally blistered targetoid skin lesions (figure 1), and pronounced oral and genital mucosal …

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