Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a rare, ulcerative skin disease that appears to be triggered by various drugs, internal cancers, infections, and unknown factors.
Blebs (an irregular bulge in the plasma membrane of a cell), ulcers, and erosions develop suddenly and progress rapidly. The mouth and foot pads are frequently involved. This is an extremely painful disease. The dog is severely depressed and refuses to eat. The fatality rate approaches 30%
This condition appears to be triggered by various drugs, internal cancers, infections, and unknown factors.
Diagnosis is made by physical examination.
Treatment involves stopping all suspect medications and correcting and underlying cause. Corticosteroids, intravenous fluids, and antibiotics are required during the acute phase of the illness to support the circulation. Recovery takes 2 - 3 weeks.
There is currently no known prevention for this condition.
Please contact your veterinarian if you think your pet may have this condition.
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