DONALD BAHR, M.D.; CHARLES LEVY, M.D.
The sudden occurrence and rapid development of multiple petechiae, cyanosis and profound collapse in the course of an acute infection herald dramatically the condition known as Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome. One is stunned by the rapid and usually fatal progression of this clinical picture. First reported as an entity by Waterhouse in 1911, the syndrome received its present title following Friderichsen's report in 1918 of a similar case with a fulminating course. This case on autopsy showed massive bilateral hemorrhage into the adrenal glands. While many feel that the adrenal lesions are the significant pathologic features of this syndrome, the problem apparently
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BAHR D, LEVY C. WATERHOUSE-FRIDERICHSEN SYNDROME: REPORT OF A CASE WITH RECOVERY(WATERHOUSE-FRIDERICHSEN SYNDROME: REPORT OF A CASE WITH RECOVERY*). Ann Intern Med. 1955;42:439–443. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-42-2-439
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;42(2):439-443.
Adrenal Disorders, CNS Infections, Endocrine and Metabolism, Infectious Disease, Neurology.
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