How is recurrent streptococcal tonsillitis diagnosed?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Recurrent streptococcal tonsillitis is diagnosed when an individual has 7 culture-proven episodes in 1 year, 5 infections in 2 consecutive years, or 3 infections each year for 3 years consecutively. Individuals with chronic tonsillitis may present with chronic sore throat, halitosis, tonsillitis, and persistent tender cervical nodes. Children are most susceptible to infection by those in the carrier state.


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