Diagnostic Highlights

General Comments: Diagnostic testing involves identifying the causative organism, determining oxygenation status, and ruling out masses as a cause of obstruction.

Test Normal Result

Abnormality with Condition

Explanation

Throat culture Negative for bacteria

Positive for bacteria

To differentiate between viral and bacterial infections (particularly viral from group a beta-hemolytic streptococcus)

Other Tests: Complete blood count, heterophil antibody test to rule out mononucleosis

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