Matthys and De Meyere disagree with the conclusion of our article that combining clinical findings and a rapid streptococcal test is a valid approach for the management of pharyngitis in adults.1 However, several reasons justify that it is an efficient strategy to identify and treat adequately the few patients with pharyngitis who need antibiotic therapy:
Humair J, Revaz SA, Bovier P, Stalder H. Acute Pharyngitis: No Reliability of Rapid Streptococcal Tests and Clinical Findings—Reply. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(20):2285–2286. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.20.2285-b
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