Toxic Shock Syndrome Following Functional Endonasal Sinus Surgery: A Case Report

by Dr. Rande Lazar on June 8, 2009

About Dr. Rande Lazar:

Dr. Rande Lazar is an Otolaryngologist located in Memphis, TN and also the founder of Otolaryngology Consultants, an ear, nose, and throat practice based out of the city. Though his primary focus is children, he treats adult patients for ear, nose, and throat disorders as well. Dr. Rande Lazar has a wide range of expertise in many areas of otolaryngology, including treatment for sinus infections, respiratory infections, tonsil infections, ear infections, throat infections, and sleep disorders. He is experienced in pediatric hearing and larynx (voice box) problems, as well as many other problems affecting the head and neck. Dr. Lazar is also a skilled surgeon for both pediatric and adult sleep and sinus disorders.

Article Abstract:

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious multisystem disease that was first described in 1978 by Todd. It occurs most often in menstruating women using superabsorbent tampons. The exact pathogenesis is not well understood, but it is felt to be due to the effects of an enterotoxin produced by certain strains of Staphyloccus aureus. The reported incidence of TSS following endonasal sinus surgery in which minimal packing was used is 16/100,000. The nasal surgeon should be aware of this rare and possibly fatal entity, as TSS may occur following any nasal/sinus surgery, even where packing is minimal and of short duration and when the patient is receiving antibiotic therapy.

View the full article in PDF format: Toxic Shock Syndrome Following Functional Endonasal Sinus Surgery: A Case Report

Dr. Rande Lazar is the founder of the Memphis-based pediatric ear, nose and throat practice, Otolaryngology Consultants.

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