When should treatment of diphtheria be initiated?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Treatment of diphtheria should be initiated even before confirmatory tests are completed due to the high potential for mortality and morbidity.

Isolate all cases promptly and use universal and droplet precautions to limit the number of possible contacts.


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