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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: Conjunctivitis


The conjunctiva becomes beet red and often develops grayish membranes, reflecting desquamation of the superficial tissue.

A feared complication is symblepharon, or adherence of the bulbar to the palpebral conjunctiva. This impairs tear secretion and proper eyelid closure, leading to severe drying of the cornea.

What to do?
During the acute phase, topical lubricants and corticosteroids are recommended, although their efficacy in promoting recovery and preventing symblepharon is unproven.

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