Introduction: Levofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone active against both gram-negative and
gram-positive bacteria with a well-defined margin of safety and efficacy. It has various labeled adverse
effects like other fluoroquinolones but its adverse effect like desquamation is rarely reported.
Methods: We present a case report of levofloxacin-induced desquamation in an Indian patient.
Case Report: A-38-year old female patient presented to the outpatient department, with chief complaints
of peeling off her epidermal skin. Initially, Desquamation started on her greater finger,
which slowly spread to her hand, feet, lower limbs as well as upper limb and neck region. She was
prescribed Levofloxacin for respiratory tract infection.
Results and Discussion: Considering temporal relationship, upon causality assessment, (Adverse
Drug Reaction) ADR was found to be likely, moderate and probable. The drug was withdrawn
along with the initiation of supportive therapy and reaction subsided.
Conclusion: Although adverse drug reactions like desquamation are not fatal, this induces anxiety
in the patients and reduces patient’s quality of life. This case report will help keep physicians vigilant
about the current adverse drug reaction, helping in the early detection and management of