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Toxic Shock Syndrome (cont.)

Toxic Shock Syndrome Diagnosis

No specific test exists to help diagnose toxic shock syndrome. In the emergency department, the doctor usually starts by asking the person some questions about his or her symptoms over the past few days. Vital signs are taken, and the person is examined. If the doctor suspects toxic shock syndrome based on the physical exam, a few other procedures are performed. The person is connected to a heart monitor, and multiple IV lines are placed on the person.

  • If the doctor suspects toxic shock syndrome, the following tests are usually performed:
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Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a toxin-mediated multisystem disease precipitated by infection with either Staphylococcus aureus or group A Streptococcus (GAS), also called Streptococcus pyogenes.

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