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Postgrad Med. 1993 Feb 15;93(3):141-5.

Pharyngitis in children.

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  • 1Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk.


Although the group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus is the most important treatable cause of pharyngitis, other organisms, including viruses and groups C and G streptococci, should always be considered in the diagnosis of pharyngeal symptoms. Clinical findings and a rapid strep test aid in making the diagnosis of group A streptococcal pharyngitis. In nonallergic patients with the latter, penicillin V potassium is the antibiotic of choice; for those allergic to penicillin, erythromycin is my preferred alternative.

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