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December 1978

Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome: A Complication of Circumcision

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, NY and the Department of Pediatrics, State University of New York, Stony Brook Health Sciences Center (Dr Annunziato).

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(12):1187-1188. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120370035008

• Numerous complications have been reported as a result of neonatal circumcision. We describe here three cases of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome that were thought to be due to infected circumcisions. A review of the literature failed to disclose descriptions of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome as such a complication. In spite of recent American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations against routine circumcision, it will continue to be a common procedure. Careful preoperative and postoperative screening and guidance are urged to prevent staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome and other complications.

(Am J Dis Child 132:1187-1188, 1978)

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