Recent medical “pearls”

If a rapid strep test is negative, no back up culture is needed.  It is now known that the rapid strep test for streptococcal pharyngitis has a sensitivity of 86%. This means that it will pick up 86% of active cases.  Because these tests miss only about 1 in 6 cases of strep pharyngitis, the yield of backup cultures is small.  It would cost $8 million to catch one case of rheumatic heart disease.  And, to boot, adults are at low risk of getting strep throat anyway.

 

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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