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JAMA Patient Page
April 7, 2004

Sore Throat

JAMA. 2004;291(13):1664. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1664

Sore throat, known as pharyngitis or tonsillitis (inflammation of the pharynx or tonsils, respectively), is one of the most common health complaints. The April 7, 2004, issue of JAMA includes an article about diagnosing and treating sore throats.

Most sore throats are caused by infections with viruses, small organisms that do not respond to antibiotics. Examples include the sore throat of a common cold, influenza (flu), or infectious mononucleosis (a viral disease with sore throat, fever, and lymph node enlargement).

Other causes include

To find this and other JAMA Patient Pages, go to the Patient Page link on JAMA's Web site at A Patient Page on coughs, colds, and antibiotics was published in the May 28, 2003, issue; and one on strep throat was published in the December 13, 2000, issue.