What risks are associated with treating children based on a clinical diagnosis of 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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Some clinicians express a reluctance to obtain diagnostic studies in children with sore throats, rationalizing this approach with the mistaken assumption that all febrile respiratory tract ailments require a course of antibiotic therapy. The ongoing crisis in antibiotic resistance and the urgent need to use a more judicious approach in antimicrobial prescribing practice should, it is hoped, herald a return to appropriate diagnostic testing for group A streptococcal pharyngitis.


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