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Complications of 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).
Other Works Consulted
American Academy of Pediatrics (2015). Group A streptococcal infections. In LK Pickering et al., eds., Red Book: 2015 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 28th ed., pp. 616-628. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDonald R. Mintz, MD, FRCSC - Otolaryngology
Current as ofMarch 28, 2018
Current as of:
March 28, 2018
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD, FRCSC - Otolaryngology
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