Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome in an immunocompromised adult
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- Roeb, E., Schönfelder, T., Matern, S. et al. Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. (1996) 15: 499. doi:10.1007/BF01691318
Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, a generalized exfoliative dermatitis complicating infections by exfoliative toxin-producing strains ofStaphylococcus aureus, is rarely observed in adults. In contrast to mortality in infants, mortality in adults is usually high. A case of generalized staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome in an immunocompromised woman is reported. Culture of skin biopsy and pleural fluid yielded identical strains ofStaphylococcus aureus belonging to phage group II. Exfoliative toxins A and B were detected in both isolates. As far as can be determined, this is the first reported case of generalized staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome in an adult with detection of exfoliative toxins A and B in which the patient was treated successfully.