• Toxic epidermal necrolysis is the name given to a group of dermatologic disorders characterized by a separation of epidermis and dermis with a subsequent skin slough. The denuded areas have the appearance of a second-degree burn. The complications of infection, negative nitrogen balance, severe pain, and emotional instability are identical to those seen in the patient with major burns. There are difficulties in patient management and advantages in burn unit care. As with the major burn, care of the patient with skin loss from toxic epidermal necrolysis is extremely complex, requiring the expertise of a burn team along with that of the dermatologist.
(Arch Surg 113:758-759, 1978)