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Pain in the Throat Evaluation

The evaluation of a sore throat begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a sore throat may include:

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of a sore throat.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a sore throat include:

A rapid strep test may be performed to detect strep throat in those with a sore throat and 2 or more of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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