strep throat are rare but can occur, especially if
strep throat is not properly treated with antibiotics. Complications can be
related either to the strep infection or to the body's
immune response to the infection.
Although rare, complications can result from the strep infection
spreading to other areas of the body. Infection can spread to the:
Other, more rare, complications include:
Sometimes in response to a strep infection, the body's immune
system will attack healthy tissues, causing complications such as
rheumatic fever, inflammation of the kidneys (glomerulonephritis), or pediatric autoimmune
neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS).
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Group A
streptococcal infections. In LK Pickering et al., eds., Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 28th ed., pp.
616–628. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
August 2, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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