staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

noun

Medical Definition of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

: an acute skin disorder especially of infants and immunocompromised individuals that is characterized by widespread erythema, peeling, and necrosis of the skin, that is caused by a toxin produced by a bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus (S. aureus), and that exposes the affected individual to serious infections but is rarely fatal if diagnosed and treated promptly abbreviation SSSS — compare toxic epidermal necrolysis

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“Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/staphylococcal%20scalded%20skin%20syndrome. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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