Prevalence of Streptococcal Pharyngitis and Streptococcal Carriage in Children: A Meta-analysis

  title={Prevalence of Streptococcal Pharyngitis and Streptococcal Carriage in Children: A Meta-analysis},
  author={Nader Shaikh and E Leonard and Judith M. Martin},
  pages={e557 - e564}
OBJECTIVES: Prevalence estimates can help clinicians make informed decisions regarding diagnostic testing of children who present with symptoms of pharyngitis. We conducted a meta-analysis to determine the (1) prevalence of streptococcal infection among children who presented with sore throat and (2) prevalence of streptococcal carriage among asymptomatic children. METHODS: We searched Medline for articles on pediatric streptococcal pharyngitis. We included articles in our review when they… 

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