Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis induced by ingestion of bamifylline.

Allergy and Immunology Unit, Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual de São Paulo, Brazil.
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (Impact Factor: 2.83). 12/2002; 16(6):634-7.
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We report a case of acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) in a 64-year-old woman, associated with the use of bamifylline. To the best of our knowledge there have been no previous reports of AGEP induced by the ingestion of bamifylline in the medical literature. We, therefore, add this drug to the list of causes for AGEP.

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