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September 1973

Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome in an Adult

Author Affiliations


From the departments of medicine (Drs. Rothenberg, Drew, and Feingold) and dermatology (Dr. Renna), Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and the Infectious Disease Unit (Drs. Rothenberg and Feingold) Beth Israel Hospital-Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston.

Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(3):408-410. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620240058017

An apparently healthy 64-year-old man developed severe septicemia due to a phage group 2 Staphylococcus that was followed by a widespread, bullous eruption characterized by intraepidermal cleavage. To our knowledge, this is the first well-documented report of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome occurring in a normal adult.

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