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Short-term oral antibiotics may be as effective as the standard course of penicillin for children with acute streptococcal pharyngitis

Shukan Kanuga, DDS, MSD .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Three to 6 days of short-term late-generation antibiotics have comparable treatment efficacy as a 10-day course of oral penicillin in children with acute group A β-hemolytic streptococcus (GABHS) pharyngitis.

Critical Summary Assessment

On the basis of good evidence, the authors of this comprehensive systematic review suggest that short-term treatment with newer antibiotics may be as effective as the standard regimen of 10-day oral penicillin for treating acute streptococcal pharyngitis in children.

Evidence Quality Rating

Good Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019