What follow-up monitoring is indicated in the treatment of diphtheria?

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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Complete age-appropriate immunization schedule.

Treat all household and other close contacts with antibiotics as mentioned above. All suspected and confirmed carriers should be treated with erythromycin or penicillin for 14 days.

Follow-up pharyngeal cultures must be obtained post treatment, confirming eradication of the bacterium. [3]


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