An elderly man with Hodgkin's disease who was receiving multiple drug chemotherapy became septic and a wide-spread bullous eruption developed. Intraepidermal cleavage on skin biopsy supported a diagnosis of the staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) type of toxic epidermal necrolysis. Blood cultures confirmed a staphylococcal septicemia. Occurrence of this syndrome in an adult is unusual. A review of the literature on SSSS indicates an increased mortality when adults are compared with children with this syndrome.
(Arch Dermatol 115:589-590, 1979)
Ridgway HB, Lowe NJ. Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome in an Adult With Hodgkin's Disease. Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(5):589-590. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010050023009