Strep throat physical examination

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Common physical examination findings of strep throat include fever (101F), pharyngeal erythema, tonsillar erythema, tonsillar hypertrophy with or without exudate, palatal petechiae, anterior cervical lymphadenopathy, inflamed uvula, scarlatiniform rash.[1][2][3]

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Common physical examination findings of Strep throat include:[1][2][3]

Children >3 yrs

Children <3 years of age

Children <3 years of age do not have typical physical examination findings of acute pharyngitis. However, the following findings may suggest GAS pharyngitis:[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Accessed on October 18, 2016
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  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Public Health Image Library (PHIL)".

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