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May 1979

Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome in an Adult With Hodgkin's Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Dermatology, University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences, Madison. Dr Ridgway is now in private practice at the East Madison Clinic, Madison, Wis. Dr Lowe is now with the Division of Dermatology, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(5):589-590. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010050023009

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)