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Diphtheria

definition

A localized infection of mucous membranes or skin caused by toxigenic strains of CORYNEBACTERIUM DIPHTHERIAE. It is characterized by the presence of a pseudomembrane at the site of infection. DIPHTHERIA TOXIN, produced by C. diphtheriae, can cause myocarditis, polyneuritis, and other systemic toxic effects.

synonyms

Diphtheria

UMLS

[X]Diphtheria, unspecified, Diphtheria, Diphtheria NOS, Diphtheria, NOS, Diphtheria, unspecified, Diphtherias, Infection due to Corynebacterium diphtheriae