Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
An infection of the skin with group II Staphylococcus aurea bacteria. The bacteria release toxins, causing inflamed, scaling skin that looks as though it has been burned. It is more common in children than in adults, but is more likely to cause death when it does occur in adults. Rehydration and intravenous antibiotics are the most common treatments. Steroids will worsen the condition, and should not be used. Abbreviated SSSS.

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staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome n an acute skin disorder esp. of infants and immunocompromised individuals that is characterized by widespread erythema, peeling, and necrosis of the skin, that is caused by a toxin produced by a bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus (S. aureus), and that exposes the affected individual to serious infections but is rarely fatal if diagnosed and treated promptly abbr. SSSS compare TOXIC EPIDERMAL NECROLYSIS

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an infectious disease of infants, young children, and occasionally older children and adults, seen after infection with certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus (phage group II), which elaborate exfoliatin (q.v.). Clinical signs are localized or widespread fine vesicles and bullae that rupture easily to cause exfoliation of large sheets of skin, leaving raw, denuded areas that make the skin surface look scalded. Called also dermatitis exfoliativa neonatorum and Ritter disease. Cf. toxic epidermal necrolysis.

Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome.


Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Болезнь Риттера (Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome, Ritter 'S Disease) — токсический некроз эпидермиса; развивающееся у младенцев заболевание, вызываемое бактериями рода Staphylococcus и характеризующееся покраснением и расслоением кожи, появлением крупных сливающихся друг с другом пузырей, напоминающих пузыри от… …   Медицинские термины

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