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Title: Een kritisch ziek, jong meisje met rode voeten
Author(s): MOUBAX K, D’HEYGERE F
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume: 68 Issue: 9 Date: 2012
A critically ill, young girl with red feet
The medical history of a 17-year-old girl who presented at the emergency with high fever, hypotension and erythema at the feet, is discussed. This was caused by the toxic shock syndrome (TSS), as a consequence of the use of tampons.
TSS is a serious but uncommon infection caused by toxins, produced by either Staphylococcus aureus bacteria or by Streptococcus bacteria. TSS can involve all organ systems. Therefore, the disease can be life-threatening. It is not clear whether antibiotics alter the course of acute TSS, but they inhibit growth of the causal organism.