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Emergency department testing for Streptococcus in children with sore throats
  1. K Enright,
  2. S Taheri,
  3. T Beattie
  1. Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Dr K Enright, Emergency Department, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh EH9 1LF, UK; kevin.enright{at}luht.scot.nhs.uk

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Fever is a common presentation among children attending emergency departments. Diagnosis of the source remains a clinical challenge. Pharyngitis will often be considered, especially in the older child complaining of sore throat. Throat swabbing has traditionally been part of the investigation. This is primarily to test for group A β-haemolytic streptococcus (GABHS) and to guide antibiotic therapy. A near-patient test such as …

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