acute skin failure

acute skin failure

Burn care Potentially fatal systemic consequences of skin damage, as occurs in extensive 2nd degree–deep partial and 3rd degree–full-thickness burns or in toxic epidermal necrolysis. See Toxic epidermal necrolysis.
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Dermatological emergencies comprise diseases with severe alterations in structure and function of the skin, with some of them leading to acute skin failure that demands early diagnosis, hospitalization, careful monitoring and multidisciplinary intensive care to minimize the associated morbidity and mortality.
In this article, we review the literature and discuss the major causes of dermatological emergencies, some of which lead to acute skin failure and lay stress for their management in ICU like set up attached to dermatology department itself, i.
Sudden severe alterations in the anatomy and physiology of skin consequent to some of the generalized dermatoses presenting as emergency situation, can lead to disabling complications eventuating in the potentially fatal condition of acute skin failure.
Understanding the etiopathogenesis of various systemic complications of acute skin failure and their prompt management in ICU on lines similar to that of burns can salvage many lives.
In a DICU, mainly acute skin failure cases will be managed.

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