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2022 Feb 06

World J Clin Cases



Toxic epidermal necrolysis induced by ritodrine in pregnancy: A case report.


Liu W-Y, Zhang J-R, Xu X-M, Ye T-Y
World J Clin Cases. 2022 Feb 06; 10(4):1381-1387.
PMID: 35211573.


Preterm birth accounts for about 12% of all pregnancies worldwide and is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. In order to avoid premature birth and prolong gestational age, tocolytics are the first and the best choice. Ritodrine is the most commonly used tocolytic medication. However, side effects such as pulmonary edema, hypokalemia, and hyperglycemia are known. Here we report a rare but serious side effect-toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)-caused by ritodrine.