Pharyngitis in Children and Adults

Term: 2006
Published: October 3, 2012
Revised: November 3, 2014

Pharyngitis is a common presenting complaint in primary care. While viruses are the most common cause, group A beta hemolytic Streptococcus infection (GABHS), ABHS can be the cause in children (15%–30%) and adults (5%–10%). The primary reason to identify and treat GABHS is to decrease the risk of acute rheumatic fever. A growing concern is the indiscriminate use of antibiotics, which may increase the incidence of allergic reactions to antibiotics and the emergence of resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria. This CME activity helps clinicians estimate the probability of GABHS based on the symptoms of the patient. The probability is used to identify a cost effective strategy for diagnosing and treating GABHS for that patient.

About the Creators

Team Leader
Terrance P. Murphy, MD
Team Members
R.Van Harrison, PhD
Medical Education

Annissa J. Hammoud, MD
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gary Yen, MD
Family Medicine

R. Alexander Blackwood, MD, PhD
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
John R. Crump, MD
General Internal Medicine

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