Toxic shock syndrome following thoracic surgery for lung cancer: Report of a case

Fumihiro Shoji, Ichiro Yoshino, Atsushi Osoegawa, Tokujiro Yano, Yoshihiko Maehara

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Abstract

Postoperative toxic shock syndrome (PTSS) caused by toxin-producing Staphylococcus aureus has incidentally been reported to be experienced following various surgical procedures or wounds. This syndrome includes sudden high fever, headache, muscle ache, a sunburn-like rash, hypotension, and tachycardia, while also often showing a rapid progression and a fatal outcome. To date, no such cases have ever been reported after thoracic surgery. We herein describe a highly probable case of PTSS in a 61-year-old man who underwent a pulmonary resection for lung cancer. The patient recovered after immediate and intensive antibiotic and steroid therapies. PTSS can occur incidentally even in the field of thoracic surgery; therefore, thoracic surgeons should be aware of this possible onset in order to recognize and treat this disease in a timely manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-589
Number of pages3
JournalSurgery today
Volume37
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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    Shoji, F., Yoshino, I., Osoegawa, A., Yano, T., & Maehara, Y. (2007). Toxic shock syndrome following thoracic surgery for lung cancer: Report of a case. Surgery today, 37(7), 587-589. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00595-007-3461-4