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January 1989

Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome Mimicking Acute Graft-vs-Host Disease in a Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology (Drs Goldberg and Robinson) and the Divisions of Neoplastic Disease (Drs Ahmed and Ascensao) and Infectious Disease (Dr Horowitz), Department of Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla.

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(1):85-87. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670130087012

• A 33-year-old man with mild acute graft-vs-host disease after an allogeneic bone marrow transplant for chronic myelogenous leukemia developed a necrolytic rash 90 days after transplant. A diagnosis of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome was made when a skin biopsy specimen revealed a split in the granular layer and phage group 2, type 71 Staphylococcus aureus was cultured from the blood.

(Arch Dermatol 1989;125:85-87)