Performance of rapid streptococcal antigen testing varies by personnel.

  title={Performance of rapid streptococcal antigen testing varies by personnel.},
  author={James W Fox and Daniel M. Cohen and Mario J Marcon and William H. Cotton and Bema K. Bonsu},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  volume={44 11},
Rapid carbohydrate antigen tests are frequently used to diagnose group A streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis. Despite evidence of modest sensitivity in medical settings, rapid antigen tests are available to the public for self-testing. We sought to determine if the personnel performing a rapid streptococcal antigen test influence the test's performance characteristics. Throat swabs of pediatric patients performed for GAS pharyngitis in a tertiary-care children's hospital network were included… CONTINUE READING

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