Toxic shock syndrome caused by hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a patient with pancytopenia

Benoj Varghese, Ritesh Sanghavi, Amjed Aziz*, Lain B. Gosbell

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Abstract

Toxic shock syndrome is an uncommon condition in patients with neutropenia. We describe a 44-year-old man who developed toxic shock syndrome caused by hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus while pancytopenic after chemotherapy. He died of multiorgan failure despite high-level intensive care support and treatment with appropriate antibiotics and intravenous immunoglobulin. This case illustrates the need for a high index of suspicion for toxic shock syndrome in patients with febrile neutropenia, and also highlights the lack of high-quality evidence for the various treatment modalities used in this syndrome. Crit Care Resusc 2010; 12: 50-52

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-52
Number of pages3
JournalCritical care and resuscitation : journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • UNITED-STATES
  • IMMUNOGLOBULIN
  • SURVEILLANCE
  • ENTEROTOXIN
  • MANAGEMENT
  • TSS

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