Amniotic Membrane Effective in Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

May 24, 2011

Ophthalmology: Stevens-Johnson syndrome is an awful, devastating disease where skin and mucus membranes go haywire and blister and fall off.  It is a weird and rare reaction to certain medications like sulfa. Blindness is not uncommon as the eye membranes are destroyed and the eye utterly dries up. Researchers have been very successful in quickly applying amniotic membranes to all the lid and eye surfaces, allowing good healing with excellent vision of 20/20 in 9/10 patients. This really ought to be the standard of care.




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