Manute Bol, the former pro basketball center who spent ten years in the NBA, died Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the Washington Post. He was 47. Bol became gravely ill in May after contracting Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin disease, while in Sudan.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a very rare disease in which a patient’s body reacts poorly to a drug (usually Bactrim or Dilantin) causing the skin (and other tissue surfaces) to separate. This causes a person to become ill and frequently requires ventilatory support.
Fortunately, most patients recover from this uneventfully. I saw a few cases like this as a resident.
John Di Saia MD