What is needed for the lab evaluation of chronic tonsillitis?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Laboratory evaluation in chronic tonsillitis relies upon documentation of results of pharyngeal swabs or cultures taken during prior episodes of tonsillitis. The usefulness and cost of throat swabs for pharyngitis are debated.


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