Toxic shock syndrome

Clin Microbiol Rev. 1988 Oct;1(4):432-46. doi: 10.1128/CMR.1.4.432.


In the past 10 years, we have learned much about TSS and S. aureus and its toxins. A number of important biologic principles have been reemphasized in this first decade of TSS research: S. aureus is a very complex organism, one not likely to yield quick answers; in vitro observations must always be confirmed in the patient; animal models may not always be reliable replicates of human disease; and epidemiologic associations cannot be equated with causation. Toxic shock is an intricate phenomenon with many interesting scientific facets. Unraveling its mysteries will undoubtedly teach us more about the complex interaction of patients and microorganisms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Shock, Septic*