Serum Sickness-like Reaction to Cefuroxime: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

July 2007 | Volume 6 | Issue 7 | Case Reports | 747 | Copyright © July 2007

Rajani Katta MD, Vijayalaxmi Anusuri MBBS

We report a case of a 34-year-old woman who received cefuroxime, a second-generation cephalosporin, as treatment for mastitis. She subsequently developed a serum sickness-like reaction (SSLR) with a generalized pruritic rash, joint pains, and fever. She improved upon treatment with systemic steroids. SSLR is well-described to cefaclor, a second-generation cephalosporin. However, there is a paucity of reports of SSLR to other cephalosporins such as this case.