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Patterns of drug-induced cutaneous eruptions: part 1

An adverse drug reaction (ADR) is an undesirable response that is usually unanticipated and independent of the therapeutic purpose of a medication. Cutaneous eruptions due to internal medication account for 15–20% of ADRs, with presentations ranging from mild, transient symptoms to more severe reactions with disabling consequences. This is a two-part article: mechanisms, clinical approach and the most commonly occurring patterns are discussed in part 1; part 2 summarises less common patterns.
Dermatology in practice 2008; 16(4): 12–15
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