Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis-like Reaction after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Children

Maura Faraci, Stefano Giardino, Edoardo Lanino, Giuseppe Morreale, Emilia Ghibaudo, Monica Francesia Berta, Marco Risso, Elio Castagnola, Mimmo Ripaldi, Andrea Moscatelli, Giovanni Ghigliotti

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This study report clinical course, etiology, management, and long-term outcome of children who developed toxic epidermal necrolysis-like reaction (TEN-LR) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). We retrospectively collected children with TEN-LR occurring after allo-HSCT performed in 2 pediatric bone marrow units between 2005 and 2014. We identified 6 cases of TEN-LR of 322 patients (1.8%). Possible triggers of TEN included antibiotics, antiepileptics, antimycotics, and Mycoplasma infection. In 3 patients TEN-LR occurred concurrently with severe multiorgan acute graft versus host disease. The management of TEN included administration of high doses of intravenous immunoglobulins and steroids (n=6), anti-tumor necrosis factor (n=3), and plasmapheresis (n=3) and whenever possible, discontinuation of the potentially causative drugs. Four patients (66%) reached a complete clinical response of TEN-LR after a median of 11.2 days. Two children (34%) are presently alive, 1 with long-term ocular sequelae. TEN-LR is a potentially lethal complication that may occur after HSCT also in pediatric patients. In our experience, TEN-LR and acute graft versus host disease probably coexisted and an overlap between the 2 forms is suggested. The multidisciplinary approaches involving specialized nurses, hematologists, dermatologists, burn surgeons, and infectious disease specialists is crucial to treat these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-258
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • allogeneic HSCT
  • children
  • GvHD
  • TEN-like reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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