Is cephalosporin effective for the treatment of group A streptococcal (GAS) tonsillopharyngitis?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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A meta-analysis comparing bacterial and clinical cure rates in patients with GAS tonsillopharyngitis found that short-course cephalosporin treatment was superior to 10 days of penicillin for bacterial cure rate, that short-course penicillin therapy was inferior to 10 days of penicillin, and that clinical cure rates were similar to bacterial cure rates. [31]


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