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Module 5 - Sore Throat

Goal

Students will gain knowledge and develop the clinical skills to diagnose and treat different etiologies of sore throat in the pediatric outpatient setting.

Objectives:

Following the outpatient pediatric rotation, students will be able to:

  1. Clinically examine a child's oropharynx
  2. Name common causes of sore throat in children (strep throat, viral pharyngitis, infectious mononucleosis, herpangina, postnasal drip, referred pain)
  3. Name and describe clinical signs related to sore throat (petechiae, exudate, cobblestoning, cervical adenopathy)
  4. Describe the accuracy of the rapid strep test
  5. Name the organism associated with strep throat and describe the antibiotic choice(s) to treat strep throat
  6. Describe possible complications associated with treated and untreated cases of strep throat

Resources:

Strep Guidelines (2012)             

AAP Red Book Chapter on Streptococcus

CDC:  Is it Strep Throat?

CLIPP Case, Module J

Prevention of Rheumatic Fever and Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Streptococcal Pharyngitis

Revision of the Jones Criteria for the Diagnosis of Acute Rheumatic Fever

reviewed 12/2015