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Articles  |   February 1992
Group A Streptococcus detection: office versus reference laboratory
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Articles   |   February 1992
Group A Streptococcus detection: office versus reference laboratory
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 1992, Vol. 92, 231. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1992.92.2.231
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 1992, Vol. 92, 231. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1992.92.2.231
Abstract

Clinical differentiation between a virus and beta-hemolytic streptococci as a cause of pharyngitis remains difficult. In the physician's laboratory, more rapid procedures using immunologic methods have replaced culture methods, traditionally requiring 2 to 3 days for identification of beta-hemolytic streptococci. Attention to the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of these procedures will guide appropriate use.