What are the possible consequences of a failure to diagnose pediatric pharyngitis?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Harold K Simon, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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The potential for medicolegal pitfalls primarily involves missed diagnoses or failure to treat group A beta-hemolytic streptococci (GABHS). Complications are rare and usually occur during outbreaks of rheumatic fever; however, failure to diagnose and treat within the 9-day window from the start of symptoms can leave one open to potential litigation.


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