Meaning of WATERHOUSE-FRIDERICHSEN SYNDROME
[n] syndrome associated with bacterial meningitis; marked by sudden high fever and skin discoloration and petechiae with hemorrhage into the adrenal glands and cardiovascular collapse
Friderichsen-Waterhouse syndrome is characterized by generalized petechiae and purpuric lesions on the body, shock, and vasomotor collapse. It is usually associated with severe meningococcal septicemia.
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