Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Viral Pharyngitis Evaluation

The evaluation of viral pharyngitis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with viral pharyngitis may include:

Physical findings in those with bacterial pharyngitis include:

Tests are not required to make the diagnosis of viral pharyngitis. Tests may be necessary to exclude other causes for throat infection, such as strep throat and mononucleosis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate viral pharyngitis include:

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

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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