What are the benefits of the group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal (GABHS) rapid antigen detection test for the diagnosis of pharyngitis (sore throat)?

Updated: May 06, 2020
  • Author: John R Acerra, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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The use of a GABHS rapid antigen detection test can decrease the use of unnecessary antibiotics in pediatric patients when used properly. [27]

Adults do not need follow-up culture after a negative antigen test because of the low incidence of GAS in this population. [13]


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