Learning module: Drug reactions

Goals and objectives

The purpose of this module is to help medical students develop a clinical approach to the evaluation and initial management of patients who present with cutaneous drug eruptions.

After completing this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe the morphology of common drug eruptions.
  • List key features of drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome (DIHS), Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).
  • Describe initial steps in the management of drug eruptions.
  • Recognize when to refer a patient with a drug eruption to a dermatologist.

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