Infectious Disease Compendium

Sweets Syndrome (aka Febrile Neutropenic Dermatitis)

Diagnosis

Not an infection (?). Fever and a rash. Biopsy makes the diagnosis. It is an infiltrate of the skin by PMN's.

Epidemiologic Risks

Half of patients have an underlying, usually hematologic, malignancy. The rest are idiopathic.

Microbiology

na.

Empiric Therapy

Steroids AFTER the biopsy.

Pearls

Curiously, it can occur during neutropenia, just where those white cells are coming from, I haven't figured out.

Rants

ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)

Sweet's syndrome 695.89.