Beta-lactam antibiotic-induced pseudoporphyria.
A case of beta-lactam antibiotic-induced pseudoporphyria is presented. A 24-year-old African American woman with systemic lupus erythematosus and end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis developed tense bullae on her forehead and cheeks after exposure to ampicillin-sulbactam and cefepime. Histologically, the lesions were similar to porphyria cutanea tarda, but without the associated porphyrin abnormalities. The lesions resolved spontaneously on cessation of the antibiotics.
Phung, TL; Pipkin, CA; Tahan, SR; Chiu, DS
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