Diagnosis and management of group A streptococcal pharyngitis and associated complications

Michelle N. Vazquez, Jennifer E. Sanders

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Abstract

Although group A Streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis is the most common cause of bacterial pharyngitis in children and adolescents, many viral and bacterial infections mimic the symptoms of GAS pharyngitis. Emergency clinicians must recognize the symptomatology of GAS pharyngitis and use appropriate means of diagnosis and treatment to promote good antibiotic stewardship. This issue reviews the signs and symptoms of GAS pharyngitis, as well as associated complications, and provides recommendations for appropriate treatment that focuses on reducing the severity and duration of symptoms, reducing the incidence of nonsuppurative complications, and reducing transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalPediatric emergency medicine practice
Volume14
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

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