How do the rapid strep antigen tests and throat culture compare when testing for strep?

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How do the rapid strep antigen tests and throat culture compare when testing for strep?

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Title: How do the rapid strep antigen tests and throat culture compare when testing for strep?
Author: Diaz, Kyle I.; Narciso, Philipp
Keywords: pharyngitis
diagnostic medicine
diagnostic accuracy
Date: 2011-08
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Evidence Based Practice 14(8): 10.
Series/Report no.: Help Desk Answers
Abstract: Rapid strep tests have higher specificity than sensitivity. (SOR: B, based on cohort studies.) A negative rapid antigen diagnostic test (RADT) should be backed up by a throat culture in children. A RADT can be used as a stand-alone test in adults, or if previously validated as having comparable sensitivity and specificity with a throat culture. (SOR: C, based on expert guidelines.)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/11383

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