Which physical findings suggest streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Typically, tonsils are enlarged and erythematous, with patchy exudate on the surface, although the presence of exudate is not pathognomonic for streptococcal pharyngitis and may be observed in the context of other bacterial and viral etiologies of pharyngitis, particularly Epstein-Barr virus. Patients with pharyngitis may also develop chills and fever.


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