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Here is a quick mnemonic “STREPTO PHARYNGITIS to remember about Streptococcal Pharyngitis

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Streptococcal Pharyngitis : How To Remember Easily ?

  • S – Sore throat caused by GAS should be treated with antibiotics.
  • T – The principal goal in evaluating adults with sore throat is to identify patients likely to have GAS pharyngitis.
  • R – Reduce suppurative complications (e.g., peritonsillar abscess).
  • E – Evaluate patients with a simple clinical scoring algorithm to predict the presence or absence of GAS.
  • P – Most patients with non-GAS pharyngitis have various forms of viral pharyngitis and do not require antibiotics.
  • T – Testing for GAS is not necessary for most adults with sore throat.
  • O – Only about 10% of adults with sore throat are infected with GAS.
  • P – Prevalence of GAS in children can be as high as 35%, with rates peaking from 5 to 15 years of age.
  • H – Higher prevalence of GAS in winter and early spring.
  • A – Awareness of local outbreaks of GAS infection is important for clinicians.
  • R – Rheumatic fever is rare in developed countries and antibiotic treatment does not prevent poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis.
  • Y – Young children, health care and child care workers, teachers, and parents are at an elevated risk of streptococcal pharyngitis.
  • N – Nonsuppurative complications are rare in streptococcal pharyngitis.
  • G – GAS is the only common cause of sore throat that should be treated with antibiotics.
  • I – In military and institutional settings, the prevalence of GAS and the risk of acute rheumatic fever may be elevated.
  • T – Treatment of strep throat in adults can reduce symptoms and prevent the spread of disease.
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