Journal article

One-off streptococcal serologic testing in young children with recurrent tonsillitis

ME Borschmann, RG Berkowitz

ANNALS OF OTOLOGY RHINOLOGY AND LARYNGOLOGY | ANNALS PUBL CO | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Recurrent acute tonsillitis in children under 4 years of age is usually viral, making antibiotic therapy inappropriate and the indication for tonsillectomy uncertain. Identifying those young children with bacterial infections is therefore important. The purpose of this study was to determine whether one-off streptococcal serologic testing is a useful tool in assessing recurrent acute tonsillitis in young children. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 45 children (35 male and 10 female) under the age of 4 years who were found by a staff otolaryngologist to have recurrent acute tonsillitis over a 5-year period and had one-off serologic testing for anti-streptolysin O tite..

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