Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSSS)

Do not get burned by missing Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome - Warren Heymann, MD

Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSSS)

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Do not get burned by missing Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

I would be surprised if any first-year dermatology resident could not differentiate Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) from toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). What is straightforward now was a source of confusion for decades. The following is an elegant summation by Mockenhaupt et al of how dermatology has arrived at the current understanding of SSSS:

“Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is a rare, systemic blistering skin disorder. The clinical features were first described in 1878 by Baron Gottfried Ritter von Rittershain, who observed 297 cases among children in a single Czechoslovakian foundling asylum in a 10-y period. Presumably in 1891 Staphylococcus aureus…

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