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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aysha Anwar, M.B.B.S[2]


Streptococcal throat infection must be differentiated from epiglottitis, peritonsillar abscess, retropharyngeal abscess, viral pharyngitis, coxsackie virus (herpangina), influenza and EBV.

Differential diagnosis

Strep throat must be differentiated from other diseases that cause sore throat and fever:[1][2]


  1. Ruppert SD (1996). "Differential diagnosis of common causes of pediatric pharyngitis". Nurse Pract. 21 (4): 38–42, 44, 47–8. PMID 8801491.
  2. Shulman ST, Bisno AL, Clegg HW, Gerber MA, Kaplan EL, Lee G; et al. (2012). "Clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of group A streptococcal pharyngitis: 2012 update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America". Clin Infect Dis. 55 (10): e86–102. doi:10.1093/cid/cis629. PMID 22965026.

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