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Toxic shock syndrome associated with TSST-1 producing coagulase-negative staphylococci.

Authors
  • Kahler, R C
  • Boyce, J M
  • Bergdoll, M S
  • Lockwood, W R
  • Taylor, M R
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1986
Volume
292
Issue
5
Pages
310–312
Identifiers
PMID: 3777014
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Coagulase-positive staphylococci have been isolated from more than 95% of cases of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) is produced in more than 90% of cases. A case is described of recurrent TSS in which a coagulase-negative staphylococcus was isolated from the vagina and produced TSST-1. No coagulase-positive staphylococci were isolated. Coagulase-negative staphylococci should be considered as causative agents in cases of TSS. Assay for TSST-1 should be performed on coagulase-negative staphylococci obtained from the appropriate clinical sites if no coagulase-positive staphylococci are isolated.

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