What is the role of throat culture in the diagnosis of scarlet fever?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Throat culture remains the criterion standard for confirmation of group A streptococcal upper respiratory infection. American Heart Association guidelines for prevention and treatment of rheumatic fever state that group A streptococci virtually always are found on throat culture during acute infection. [23]


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