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Strep Throat Mimics: Pearls & Pitfalls

Pharyngitis accounts for a large number of Emergency Department and Urgent Care visits each year. The majority of cases are due to a viral etiology, and Group A Beta-hemolytic streptococcus accounts for 15% to 30% of cases. However, a wide array of diseases may present similarly, with several of these potentially life-threatening. This post looks at these mimics and more.