Do clinicians agree on the approach to diagnose and manage suspected 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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Acute pharyngitis represents one of the most common reasons children are seen by a pediatrician. Yet, despite the common nature of the problem, few subjects engender more controversy than that of the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the child with a sore throat. Many questions provoke disagreement on this topic, but some of the major points debated among clinicians include the following:

  • Which children should be tested for streptococcal pharyngitis

  • How should children be tested for streptococcal pharyngitis

  • What treatment approach should be used for suspected streptococcal pharyngitis

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