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Can throat examination distinguish between bacterial and viral infective agents?
Institution: Manchester Royal Infirmary
In (patients with acute sore throat) is (clinical examination alone better than clinical examination and investigation) at (determining whether the infective agent is bacterial or viral)?
An 8-year-old presents to A&E with a sore throat and anterior cervical lymphadenopathy and a 3-day history of a cough. She is examined and told it is probably just a virus. Is there any evidence for this statement or should she be investigated further?
Medline 1966 to June week 1 2005.
Embase 1980 to 2005 week 24.
Cinahl Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature 1982 to June week 1 2005.
The Cochrane Library Issue 2 2005.
(Exp PHARYNGITIS/OR exp LARYNGITIS/OR exp TONSILLITIS/OR exp …
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.