May 24, 2016

Strep Throat

What are the potential complications of strep throat?

The possible complications of strep throat include:

  • Acute rheumatic fever (see below),
  • Glomerulonephritis (see below),
  • Otitis media (middle ear infection),
  • Toxic shock syndrome (a rare but severe complication which may result in the failure of multiple organs and may thus be fatal),
  • Peritonsillar abscess or retropharyngeal abscess (walled off infection containing GAS bacteria and pus which may encroach upon the structures in the back of the throat or invade and rupture into deeper structures which may ultimately be fatal), and PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep) - (see below). Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 4/20/2015