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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Venkata Sivakrishna Kumar Pulivarthi M.B.B.S [2]

Overview

Routine screening for pharyngitis is not recommended. Testing for etiologic agents of pharyngitis should only be done in symptomatic patients.

Screening

Screening for etiologic agents of pharyngitis should only be done in symptomatic patients especially population at risk. Anyone during the winter months is at risk of pharyngitis, especially those aged 5 to 15 years. Screening can be performed using rapid antigen detection test (RADT) or throat culture.[1]

Screening of asymptomatic carriers can be considered in the following cases:

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