Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome Overview
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare, life-threatening illness that is caused by toxins (poisons) that circulate in the bloodstream. Bacteria that have infected some part of the body release these toxins. People with toxic shock syndrome develop high fever, rash, low blood pressure, and failure of multiple organ systems (at least three systems) in the body.
Toxic shock syndrome was first found in children in 1978. However, toxic shock syndrome did not become familiar until an epidemic in 1981, linked TSS to women using "highly absorbent" tampons, was recognized.
Joseph S Bushra, MD, FAAEM
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