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Editor's Correspondence
Jan 14, 2013

Clinical Scores to Predict Streptococcal Pharyngitis: Believers and Nonbelievers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(1):77-78. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.741

One of the merits of Robert Centor is that in 1981, he and his colleagues1 already showed that the prevalence of group A β-hemolytic streptococci (GAS) in the throat is 56% when the following 4 Centor criteria are present: fever of 38.5°C or higher, tonsillar exudate, absence of cough, and enlarged cervical glands. The validation of the Centor and McIsaac scores by Fine et al2 showed comparable results.