Medical Definition of Streptococcus, group A

  • Medical Author:
    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.

Streptococcus, group A: A well-known strain (type) of streptococcus (strep) bacteria that can cause strep throat and common skin problems such as impetigo as well as rheumatic fever.

Autoimmune reactions to strep have also recently been associated with a number of disorders, including guttate psoriasis (cradle cap), Sydenham's chorea (a movement disorder related to rheumatic fever), obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, autism, and anorexia nervosa.

Group A strep are also known popularly as flesh-eating bacteria.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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