Relative Risk – A Near Fatal Case of Acne

By Richard Sontheimer Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Keywords:  Acne, isotretinoin, Accutane, depression, suicide He was an intense young man who interacted with me differently than other patients. Each time I entered the exam room, he welcomed me by using my first name.  Unusual, as he was 40 years my junior and not a personal acquaintance prior to his first clinic visit. He had presented for scarring cystic facial acne. Five months later, he had completed a course of oral isotretinoin (Accutane®) with complete clearing of all inflammation from his face. While winding up my last clinic visit with him, I asked the required … Continue reading

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