Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome in Adults: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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An adult drug abuser with endocarditis due to a group II Staphylococcus aureus developed the staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS). Studies of the patient's immune function found cell-mediated immunity (CMI) to be essentially normal; thus, previous suggestions that deficient CMI is required in adults who develop SSSS seem unfounded. Pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapy of SSSS and its differentiation from drug-induced hypersensitivity reaction are discussed in detail.

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