Purpura fulminans caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Casimir J. Fitzgerald, Thomas V. Pranikoff, Gregory A. Ross, Steven Mou, Laurence B. Givner, Avinash K. Shetty

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Abstract

Sepsis-induced purpura fulminans is a rare but life-threatening condition characterized by rapidly progressive hemorrhagic infarction of the skin due to dermal vascular thrombosis resulting in tissue loss and severe scarring. Although most commonly related to meningococcal or invasive group A streptococcal disease, it may also be caused by several other bacterial or viral pathogens including Pneumococcus and Varicella. Purpura fulminans associated with Staphylococcus aureus sepsis is rare but has been reported in adults. However, the syndrome is very unusual in children, and to our knowledge, only 2 cases of staphylococcal purpura fulminans have been reported in children, both due to methicillin-susceptible S aureus in the United Kingdom. We report the first well-described case of purpura fulminans due to community-associated methicillin-resistant S aureus in a child.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe American journal of emergency medicine
Volume30
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2012
Externally publishedYes

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Purpura Fulminans
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Sepsis
Skin
Methicillin Resistance
Methicillin
Chickenpox
Streptococcus pneumoniae
Infarction
Cicatrix
Blood Vessels
Staphylococcus aureus
Thrombosis

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Fitzgerald, C. J., Pranikoff, T. V., Ross, G. A., Mou, S., Givner, L. B., & Shetty, A. K. (2012). Purpura fulminans caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The American journal of emergency medicine, 30(6).
Fitzgerald, Casimir J. ; Pranikoff, Thomas V. ; Ross, Gregory A. ; Mou, Steven ; Givner, Laurence B. ; Shetty, Avinash K. / Purpura fulminans caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In: The American journal of emergency medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 30, No. 6.
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Fitzgerald, CJ, Pranikoff, TV, Ross, GA, Mou, S, Givner, LB & Shetty, AK 2012, 'Purpura fulminans caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.', The American journal of emergency medicine, vol. 30, no. 6.

Purpura fulminans caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. / Fitzgerald, Casimir J.; Pranikoff, Thomas V.; Ross, Gregory A.; Mou, Steven; Givner, Laurence B.; Shetty, Avinash K.

In: The American journal of emergency medicine, Vol. 30, No. 6, 01.07.2012.

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