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Toxic Shock Syndrome Due to <i>Clostridium sordellii:</i> A Dramatic Postpartum and Postabortion Disease

Christian Sinave, Geneviève Le Templier, Daniel Blouin, François Léveillé and éric Deland

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 11, pages 1441-1443
Published in print December 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/344464
Toxic Shock Syndrome Due to Clostridium sordellii: A Dramatic Postpartum and Postabortion Disease

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We describe a young woman who developed Clostridium sordellii toxic shock syndrome after having had an abortion medically induced by mifepristone (RU-486; Mifeprex [Danco Laboratories]) 7 days before admission to our hospital. Although the patient was aggressively treated, death occurred <3 days after admission. It is hoped that very early recognition of this disease will decrease the mortality associated with this rarely reported ailment that occurs among young, otherwise healthy women.

Journal Article.  1138 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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