A streptococcal screen is a test to detect group A streptococcus, the most common cause of strep throat .
Rapid strep test
How the test is performed:
The test requires a throat swab. It takes about 7 minutes. The swab is tested to identify group A streptococcus.
How to prepare for the test:
There is no special preparation. Inform the health care provider if you are taking, or have recently taken, antibiotics.
How the test will feel:
Your throat will be swabbed in the area of the tonsils. This may make you gag.
Why the test is performed:
The test is performed when the doctor suspects strep throat or if you have symptoms of pharyngitis (sore throat).
Group A streptococcus is not present.
What abnormal results mean:
Group A streptococcus is present (confirms strep throat).
What the risks are:
There are no risks.
This test screens for the group A streptococcus organism only and will not detect other causes of sore throat.
|Review Date: 9/3/2008|
Reviewed By: D. Scott Smith, M.D., MSc, DTM&H, Chief of Infectious Disease & Geographic Medicine, Kaiser Redwood City, CA & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Stanford University. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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