Journal article

Incidence and clinical consequence of the purple glove syndrome in patients receiving intravenous phenytoin

TJ O'Brien, GD Cascino, EL So, DR Hanna

NEUROLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 1998

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence, risk factors, and long-term sequelae of the purple glove syndrome (PGS) in hospital patients receiving IV phenytoin. BACKGROUND: PGS is a poorly understood, potentially serious local complication of IV phenytoin administration characterized by progressive distal limb edema, discoloration, and pain. METHODS: The pharmacologic records of the Mayo Foundation hospitals were reviewed to identify 179 consecutive patients who had IV phenytoin ordered during a 3-month period. Their hospital records were then reviewed to confirm IV phenytoin treatment, the frequency of PGS (defined as the progressive development of edema, discoloration, and pain in the limb afte..

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