Group A Streptococcus Infections

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    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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What is the prognosis for group A streptococcal infections?

The prognosis for mild GAS infections is usually good to excellent. The prognosis for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes or cancer, or for those who are immunosuppressed, is more guarded, but often is still good with early treatment. However, the prognosis for patients developing necrotizing fasciitis or toxic shock syndrome ranges from good with early effective treatment to poor when the diseases are diagnosed and treated late in the disease process.

Where can people find more information about group A streptococcal infections?

The following sites can provide additional information about GAS infections:

"Strep Throat," MedicineNet.com

"Rapid Strep Test," MedicineNet.com

REFERENCES:

Khan, Zartash Zafar. "Group A Streptococcal Infections." Medscape.com. Sept. 3, 2015. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/228936-overview>.

Todar, K. "Streptococcus Pyogenes and Streptococcal Disease." Todar's Online Textbook of Bacteriology. 2011. <http://www.textbookofbacteriology.net/
streptococcus.html>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease." May 21, 2014.<http://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/19/2016
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