rapid strep test


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rapid strep test

A commonly used rapid antigen test performed on saliva swabbed from the throat or tonsils of patients suspected of having strep throat.
See: rapid antigen test; streptococcal pharyngitis
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Many physicians, questioning the sensitivity of the relatively new rapid strep tests, routinely use double swabs and order a backup culture to be run if the rapid test proves negative.
Does the use of a high-sensitivity rapid strep test without throat culture result in more complications than a culture-only strategy?
Todd and his colleagues compared that procedure to conducting two rapid strep tests.
In a study of 363 children with sore throat who underwent the BioStar rapid strep test and were randomized to single or double throat swabs, along with a confirmatory culture, results were available in 8-10 minutes.
The rapid flu test (Flu OIA) used for this study is very much like the rapid strep test that is well known to pediatricians.
Unfortunately, the readers believe that the order of tests reported in the article represented the actual chain of events, creating the impression that the blood culture, CBC count, and rapid strep test were done before the lateral neck x-ray was performed.
TESTING: Order a CBC, a rapid strep test, mono spot, and blood culture to check for infection.
If the symptoms are severe, he suggested a rapid strep test and treatment with erythromycin, clindamycin, or a cephalosporin.
Several of the flu immunoassays now on the market are Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act--waived and are run like a rapid strep test.
2-6) Because of this decreased sensitivity, it is recommended and best practice to perform a culture on all negative rapid strep tests.
Although rapid strep tests are not new, they usually involve mixing solutions and looking for a visible reaction.
For now, it still requires laboratory technicians to transfer material from the applicator to a plate for analysis, but the technology is heading toward a self-contained swab similar to those used for rapid strep tests in physicians' offices.

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