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The two most common bacteria found in the diagnosis of
toxic shock syndrome (TSS) are Streptococcus pyogenes (group A strep) or Staphylococcus aureus (staph). In
some cases of TSS, the strep or staph bacteria may cause a serious infection in
the body, such as
Strep TSS is not as likely as staph TSS to come back. A person with
staph TSS has an increased chance for getting it again.
Strep TSS may be related to:
But strep TSS can develop in people who have no risk
Symptoms of strep TSS include:
Group A strep bacteria can be identified by
cultures from a sample of blood or
cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or by a tissue
biopsy. Cultures from the throat, the
vagina, or a
sputum sample may also contain the bacteria.
In adults, staph may be part of the normal body bacteria on the
skin and in the nose and vagina. More than 90% of adults have developed
antibodies to the staph bacteria toxin that causes
TSS. For those who have not developed an immunity and
contract a staph infection, toxic shock syndrome may be related to:
Symptoms of staph TSS include:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDennis L. Stevens, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease
Current as ofMarch 3, 2017
Current as of:
March 3, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Dennis L. Stevens, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease
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