toxic shock-like syndrome

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toxic shock-like syndrome

An epidemic infection caused by a highly virulent, antibiotic-resistant strain of group-A streptococcus, which begins as a mild skin infection or “strep throat” and rapidly progresses to high fever, hypotension, focal vasodilatation and soft-tissue cellulitis of an intensity that may require amputation; most cases occur in patients without predisposing factors.

toxic shock-like syndrome

'Jim Henson's' disease An epidemic infection caused by a highly virulent, antibiotic-resistant strain of group A streptococcus, which begins as a mild skin infection or 'strep throat' and rapidly progresses to high fever, hypotension, focal vasodilatation and soft-tissue cellulitis of an intensity that may require amputation; most cases occur in Pts without predisposing factors. Cf Toxic shock syndrome.

toxic shock-like syndrome

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TSLS

An infection in which the initial site is skin or soft tissue. This may occur in adults or children and it is readily transmitted from person to person. Typically there is a history of a minor, usually nonpenetrating, local trauma that within the next 1 to 3 days develops into the usual toxic shock syndrome (TSS) caused by a toxin elaborated by certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus.
See: toxic shock syndrome