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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 174-175

Rare neonatal dermatological emergency: Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (Ritter disease)

Department of Pediatrics, PDU Medical College, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Mitul B Kalathia
131, Chitrakutdham Society, Kalawad Road, Rajkot - 360 005, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4847.140413

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A sixteen days old newborn was admitted with exfoliating erythematous lesions over the trunk, face, back and extremities for two days. A diagnosis of Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSSS) also known as Ritter disease was made clinically. The child responded to Injection amoxycillin-clavulinic acid (Augmentin) and topical fusidic acid. Lesions gradually resolved over 72 hours and child was discharged after ten days of hospitalization. SSSS represents a rare dermatology emergency in neonate which if untreated can be life threatening.

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