Clinical Experience with Toxic-Shock Syndrome

Robert W. Tofte, Kent B. Crossley, David N. Williams

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Abstract

To the Editor: We have recently treated 16 patients (14 female and two male) with toxic-shock syndrome. Since there is a dearth of medical literature on this disease, we think that a brief description of the illness and its association with Staphylococcus aureus would be beneficial to the practitioner. Toxic-shock syndrome, originally described by Todd et al., 1 is an uncommon illness that occurs primarily in previously healthy women, with onset during the second to fourth days of menstruation.2 , 3 It is characterized clinically by the abrupt onset of fever above 38.9°C (102°F), mild headache, sore throat, profound lethargy, intermittent confusion, nausea,.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume303
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 1980

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