toxic epidermal necrolysis(redirected from Lyell, Alan)
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toxic epidermal necrolysis[¦tak·sik ‚ep·ə‚dər·məl nə′kräl·ə·səs]
Intraepidermal blistering and separation of the outer epidermis, giving the appearance and the management problems of a scald, caused by infection with Staphylococcus aureus strains producing one of the epidermolytic toxins, usually of phage group II. Also known as scalded skin syndrome.
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