Skin inflammatory (nontumor)
Lichenoid and interface reaction patterns
Drug reaction


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Revised: 26 March 2019

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Mowafak Hamodat, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
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Definition / general
  • May cause urticaria, erythema multiforme, erythema nodosum, folliculitis, pustules, purpura, hyperpigmentation or vasculitis
  • Procainamide may induce SLE-like disease
  • Anti-cancer drugs may cause acute necrotizing changes in sweat glands (neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis or syringosquamous metaplasia)
  • Drug induced coma may cause necrosis of eccrine sweat coils and other adnexae, also epidermis
  • Other drugs causing cutaneous reactions include gold salts, thiazides, antimalarial drugs, color film developers, tetracycline, barbiturates, phenolphthalein

  • Fixed drug reaction: repeated administration causes recurrence of red-brown patch in same location, variable bullae
Sites
  • Genitalia and face
Treatment
  • Discontinue drug
Clinical images

Contributed by Dr. Mark R. Wick

Breast skin



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14 year old boy with reaction to sulfasalazine

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Eosinophils and marked vascular wall thickening
  • May cause granulomatous infiltrate
  • Also vacuolar interface changes and often lymphocytic exocytosis, dyskeratotic keratinocytes, parakeratosis with eosinophils and plasma cells in dermis
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Dr. Mark R. Wick

Breast skin



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Lichenoid drug reaction

Differential diagnosis
Additional references
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