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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 391-393

Sulfasalazine-induced drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome in a seronegative spondyloarthritis patient: A Case report

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Karnataka College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Balakeshwa Ramaiah
Department of Pharmacy Practice, Karnataka College of Pharmacy, #33/2, Tirumenahalli, Hegde Nagar Main Road, Bengaluru - 560 064, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijp.IJP_129_18

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The objectives were to evaluate drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome due to sulfasalazine and to carry out the pharmacoeconomic assessment associated with this adverse drug reaction (ADR). A 37-year woman was presented with rashes, fever, cough, and dyspnea. In the past 3 months, she was on sulfasalazine for inflammatory polyarthritis and seronegative spondyloarthritis. The diagnosis was based on raised eosinophils count, breathing difficulty, and typical pattern of rashes. Significant improvement was seen after discontinuation of sulfasalazine and with the initiation of parenteral corticosteroids. The casualty of this ADR was “probable” based on RegiSCAR, WHO, and Naranjo casualty assessment scales. Preventability, severity was assessed and total cost for management of the ADR was found to be ' 12,126. Thus, ADRs not only adds to patient sufferings but also increase the economic burden. Health-care providers need to be made aware of potentially fatal ADRs associated with sulfa drugs and should be keen to report such ADRs to drug safety authorities.


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