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desquamation

[dē·skwə′mā·shən]
(physiology)
Shedding; a peeling and casting off, as of the superficial epithelium, mucous membranes, renal tubules, and the skin.
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The epithelium continues to desquamate and form an expanding, destructive cyst.
case-fatality %) Sepsis 52 (24) 0 Meningitis 102 (48) 1 (1) STSS 61 (28) 38 (62) Total 215 (100) 39 (18) * Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) is defined according to the 1996 criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA, which include hypotension (systolic blood pressure [less than or equal to] 90 mm Hg for adults) and multiorgan involvement characterized by [greater than or equal to] 2 of the following: renal impairment, coagulopathy, liver involvement, acute respiratory distress syndrome, generalized erythematous macular rash that may desquamate, soft-tissue necrosis, including necrotizing fasciitis or myositis, or gangrene.
Left untreated, the keratin sheets will continue to desquamate into the lumen of the external auditory canal and the mass will continue to enlarge.