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Sweet's syndrome

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noun \ ˈswēts- \
variants: or Sweet syndrome

medical Definition of Sweet's syndrome

:a disease that occurs especially in middle-aged women, that is characterized by red raised often painful patches on the skin and by fever and neutrophilia in the peripheral blood, and that is of unknown cause but is sometimes associated with an underlying malignant disorder
Note: Sweet's syndrome responds well to treatment with corticosteroids and complete recovery is possible within four weeks.
  • A high clinical suspicion for Sweet's syndrome is critical to management decisions because the primary treatment is corticosteroids, rather than antibiotics.
  • —Ryan A. Withrow et al.The Journal of Family PracticeMarch 2011
called also acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis

Biographical Note for sweet's syndrome

  • Sweet, Robert Douglas (1917–2001), British dermatologist. From 1950 to 1980 Sweet served as a consultant dermatologist at hospitals in Plymouth, in addition to holding several administrative posts there. He was known for his diligent studying of rare skin diseases. He published his description of acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis in 1964.

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