No need for strep throat backup test, study finds

October 23, 2012 12:44:33 PM PDT
When it comes to adults and testing for strep throat, a backup test may not be necessary after all.

A new study finds doctors don't need to double-check the results of a negative strep throat test. That's because any missed cases typically don't result in additional health problems.

The study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine supports recent recommendations that, for adult patients, doctors can rely on the rapid tests results alone to make treatment decisions.

Researchers say in their review of data there were no severe complications in persons who had a negative rapid test but had a positive secondary test.