bacterial pharyngitis


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bacterial pharyngitis

Severe, epidemic, pseudomembranous inflammation of the fauces and tonsils caused by group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus. It was formerly known as septic sore throat.
See also: pharyngitis
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Lemierre syndrome, which is a severe suppurative complication of bacterial pharyngitis, needs to be considered.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that it is not possible on clinical grounds to differentiate streptococcal from viral pharyngitis, yet 278 of 505 (55%) eligible pediatricians and family physicians who completed the CDC survey said they did not wait for laboratory confirmation of bacterial pharyngitis before initiating antibiotic therapy.
The interpretation of throat cultures is less complicated than sputum cultures because viruses cause most cases of pharyngitis, and the primary cause of bacterial pharyngitis is Streptococcus pyogenes.