How can sensitivity be maximized in throat cultures for scarlet fever?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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To maximize sensitivity, proper obtaining of specimens is crucial. Vigorously swab the posterior pharynx, tonsils, and any exudate with a cotton or Dacron swab under strong illumination, avoiding the lips, tongue, and buccal mucosa.


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