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Br J Biomed Sci. 1997 Jun;54(2):110-7.

Toxic shock syndrome in the burned patient.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, England, UK.


Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has gained notoriety because of its association with tampon use. However, there is an increasing awareness of the syndrome on many of the specialised burn units in hospitals through the United Kingdom. TSS primarily affects children with small-percentage burns, and it is this group of patients that normally would be expected to make an uneventful recovery. One unit, where 100-150 children are admitted per year, has seen four cases of confirmed TSS over a two-year period. There does not appear to be the same risk of TSS in adult burned patients, and this lower incidence may be the result of an increase in the production of antibodies to toxic shock toxins with increase in age.

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