Sweet's syndrome

noun
\ ˈswēts- How to pronounce Sweet's syndrome (audio) \
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 Practice, March 2011

called also acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis

Learn More about Sweet's syndrome

Cite this Entry

“Sweet's syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Sweet%27s%20syndrome. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

Comments on Sweet's syndrome

What made you want to look up Sweet's syndrome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!