Group A streptococcus (GAS), causes "strep throat," the most common bacterial cause of inflammation and soreness of the back of the throat (pharyngitis). This strep throat test can identify the presence of this bacterium as the cause of a sore throat.
While most sore throats are caused by a virus and will resolve without treatment within a few days, 5-15% of adults and 20-30% of children with sore throats have strep throat. It is important that these bacterial strep infections be promptly identified and treated with antibiotics. Strep throat is contagious and can spread to close contacts. If the infection is not treated, secondary complications may develop, especially in children.
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Hepatitis virus blood tests detect the presence of antibodies to viruses that cause the disease hepatitis (inflamation of the liver). The test is specific to the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis...
Hepatitis virus blood tests detect exposure to viruses that cause the disease hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). The Hepatitis Panel includes the following screens for: Hepatitis A Antibody IgM (HAV)...