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Toxic shock syndrome associated with use of latex nasal packing

S T Allen, J B Liland, C G Nichols, R H Glew
Archives of Internal Medicine 1990, 150 (12): 2587-8
We treated a previously healthy young man who developed toxic shock syndrome 2 days after elective septoplasty with nonabsorbent latex packing. This case emphasizes that non-menstrual wound-associated toxic shock syndrome can occur after surgery that does not involve absorbent splinting or packing and should be considered in patients who present within a few days after surgery with fever, sunburnlike rash, hypotension, and multisystem complaints and laboratory abnormalities.

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