The role of beta-lactamase producing bacteria and bacterial interference in streptococcal tonsillitis.

  • Ian. M. Brook
  • Published 2001 in International journal of antimicrobial agents


The causes of penicillin failure in eradicating group A beta-haemolytic streptococcal pharyngo-tonsillitis are described. The mechanisms accounting for the failure include the presence in the tonsils of beta-lactamase producing bacteria and the absence of bacterial interference. The use of antimicrobials that can overcome and modulate these two phenomena… (More)


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