Which tonsillitis etiology is suggested by the presence of palatal petechiae?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) can cause tonsillitis that may be associated with the presence of palatal petechiae. Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus (GABHS) pharyngitis usually occurs in children aged 5-15 years.


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