Toxic Shock Syndrome


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Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is caused by a bacterial toxin.  It is a relatively rare condition but needs to be taken extremely seriously as it is potentially life-threatening. 

Toxic Shock Syndrome is probably best known in instances where the cause is related to menstruation and tampon use.  However, studies have found that there is also a higher incidence of Toxic Shock Syndrome in post-operative cosmetic surgery patients.  Procedures such as Rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and liposuction all carry the (relatively small, but important) risk of developing TSS.  It can also be a complication after the use of cosmetic chemical peels. 

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Possible rash, resembling sunburn
  • Fluctuation in blood pressure
  • Disorientation
  • Coma
  • Organ failure

The concern is that Toxic Shock Syndrome can occur in otherwise entirely healthy patients.  If you have any worries relating to TSS, discuss them with your surgeon.  It is a rare complication, but like all potential risks related to surgery, you need to be aware of it to make a fully informed decision.