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Pharyngitis

  • Emily Popler
  • Judson J. Miller
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Abstract

Pharyngitis is defined as an inflammation of the pharynx and mucous membranes. The differential diagnosis for an adolescent presenting with the complaint of “sore throat” is broad and includes infectious causes, allergic causes, irritants, and trauma. In sexually active adolescents, it is also important to consider viral and bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as a possible cause of oropharyngeal symptoms. At the same time, it is important to note oropharyngeal STIs are frequently asymptomatic. Thus, this chapter will also include a discussion of the major sexually transmitted pathogens that may be present in the oropharyngeal space even when patients have no complaint of “sore throat.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Popler
    • 1
  • Judson J. Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Pediatric Hospitalist, Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center, Pediatrics, Division of Hospital MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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