toxic shock syndrome

variants: or less commonly toxic shock

Definition of toxic shock syndrome

: an acute disease that is characterized by fever, diarrhea, nausea, diffuse erythema, and shock, that is associated especially with the presence of a bacterium (Staphylococcus aureus), and that occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons

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Recent Examples on the Web Staph bacteria can also cause toxic shock syndrome, a life-threatening condition caused by toxins, according to The Mayo Clinic. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2021 Lucas notes that toxic shock syndrome tends to come on in a matter of days following a bacterial infection, whereas MIS-C often manifests several weeks after a child has contracted the coronavirus. Roxanne Khamsi, The Atlantic, 15 July 2021 In the worst-case scenario, disrupting the vaginal ecosystem could lead to toxic shock syndrome, a very rare but serious bacterial infection, Dr. Gaither says. Lauren Gruber, SELF, 16 June 2021 The condition now known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is believed to be a rare but severe complication following a COVID-19 infection that shares some similarities with Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, 23 Oct. 2020 Arditi says the spike fragment may explain why MIS-C has the appearance of what happens during blood infections like sepsis or bacterial toxic shock syndrome. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, 16 Oct. 2020 In some cases of MIS-C, resembling the bacterial overloads of toxic shock syndrome, youngsters arrive at the hospital with shock symptoms and organ failure. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2020 Symptoms can vary, but sometimes resemble toxic shock syndrome or Kawasaki disease, another rare illness that can cause fever, inflammation of the blood vessels, lymph nodes and mucous membranes in children. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2020 The symptoms are similar to toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, which cause inflammation in the walls of blood vessels. Faith Karimi, CNN, 10 July 2020

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of toxic shock syndrome

: a serious illness that is caused by bacteria and occurs especially in women who use tampons

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Medical Definition of toxic shock syndrome

: an acute and sometimes fatal disease that is characterized by fever, nausea, diarrhea, diffuse erythema, and shock, that is associated especially with the presence of a bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus (S. aureus), and that occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons

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