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Emerg Infect Dis. 2003 Mar;9(3):387-9.

Early and definitive diagnosis of toxic shock syndrome by detection of marked expansion of T-cell-receptor VBeta2-positive T cells.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. ymatsuda@obgy.twmu.ac.jp

Abstract

We describe two cases of early toxic shock syndrome, caused by the superantigen produced from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and diagnosed on the basis of an expansion of T-cell-receptor VBeta2-positive T cells. One case-patient showed atypical symptoms. Our results indicate that diagnostic systems incorporating laboratory techniques are essential for rapid, definitive diagnosis of toxic shock syndrome.

PMID:
12643839
PMCID:
PMC2958545
DOI:
10.3201/eid0903.020360
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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