What are the signs and symptoms of group A streptococcal (GAS) toxic shock syndrome (STSS)?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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GAS bacteremia usually results from invasive GAS infection. TSS is characterized by early onset of shock and multiorgan failure. Blood cultures results are positive in approximately 60% of STSS cases. These patients usually develop renal failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, hepatic dysfunction, hematologic abnormalities, confusion, skin lesions, and diffuse capillary leak syndrome.


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