Purpose: To evaluate the severity of ocular involvement of patients with Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), and SJS/TEN overlap, and to investigate the relationship of the SCORTEN (a severity-of-illness score for SJS and TEN based on a minimal set of well-defined variables calculated within 24 hours of admission) with eye disease in this patient population. Design: Retrospective observational case series. Methods: Charts of all patients admitted to the Parkland Memorial Hospital Burn Center with a preliminary diagnosis of SJS, SJS/TEN overlap, or TEN between 1998 and 2008 were reviewed. Patients were included for study if they met clinical criteria, had positive diagnostic skin biopsy, and had dermatologic and ophthalmologic consultations. Eighty-two patients with a diagnosis of SJS, SJS/TEN overlap, or TEN met inclusion criteria. Ocular manifestations were classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Admission data were used to calculate the SCORTEN. Main outcome measure was the severity of ocular involvement with respect to diagnosis and SCORTEN. Results: Overall, 84% of patients had ocular involvement (71% SJS, 90% TEN, 100% SJS/TEN overlap). There was no difference in the severity of acute ocular complications among groups. While the SCORTEN value did correlate well with mortality rate (correlation coefficient 0.97, P = .005), there was no correlation between the SCORTEN value and severity of eye involvement in the acute setting. There was also no association of any individual diagnosis of SJS/overlap/TEN with the severity of eye involvement, although eye findings are more common in TEN (P = .03). Conclusions: Ocular damage in the acute setting was more frequent in patients with epidermal detachment >10% of the total body surface area. The SCORTEN value did not correlate with the severity of eye involvement in the acute setting.
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