oa South African Family Practice - A profile of throat swabs cultured at Kalafong Polyclinic : scientific letter



Extracted from text ... Scientific Letter SA Fam Pract 2004;46(3) 4 To the editor: Sore throat is a common problem encountered in the Family Medicine clinic at Kalafong hospital. Such patients are usually treated with penicillin as stipulated by the standard treatment guidelines of the National Department of Health for tonsillitis. 1 It is possible that patients are treated with antibiotics unnecessarily but it is well known that it may be difficult to accurately discriminate between bacterial and viral tonsillitis/ pharyngitis by only observing the throat and possible rash (as the above guidelines seem to suggest.) The tendency to prescribe antibiotics to most patients ..


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