What are the goals of treatment for group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes (GABHS) pharyngitis?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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GABHS infection obligates antibiotic coverage. Bisno et al stated in practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of GABHS that the desired outcomes of therapy for GABHS pharyngitis are the prevention of acute rheumatic fever, the prevention of suppurative complications, the abatement of clinical symptoms and signs, the reduction in transmission of GABHS to close contacts, and the minimization of potential adverse effects of inappropriate antimicrobial therapy. [17]


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