Assessment of Flocked Swabs for Use in Identification of Streptococcal Pharyngitis Academic Article uri icon

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  • ABSTRACT We compared the performance of flocked swabs to that of traditional swabs for culture of beta-hemolytic streptococci in children with pharyngitis. Sensitivity was higher for flocked swabs, but this did not reach statistical significance. We conclude that flocked swabs can be used in place of traditional swabs for diagnosis of streptococcal pharyngitis.


  • Goldfarb, David
  • Slinger, Robert
  • Tam, Ron K
  • Barrowman, Nicholas
  • Chan, Francis

publication date

  • September 2009