Acute respiratory tract infection typically causing a membranous pharyngitis by gram-positive facultative anaerobic bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae
Incubation period 2 to 5 days...
Membranous pharyngotonsillar diphtheria
Malaise, fever, and prostration
Rhinorrhea (often unilateral)
Often chronic, mild course
Appropriate health care generally entails:
Inpatient, initial hospitalization in unit to monitor cardiac and respiratory status (must act on presumptive diagnosis because ther...
ECG, cardiac enzymes, neurologic status, and respiratory status; seri...
ACOG Committee Opinion No. 566: update on immunization and pregnancy: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccination. Obstet Gynecol. 2013;121(6):1411–1414.
American Academy of...
A36.9 Diphtheria, unspecified
A36.0 Pharyngeal diphtheria
A36.1 Nasopharyngeal diphtheria
A36.3 Cutaneous diphtheria
A36.84 Diphtheritic tubulo-interstitial nephropathy
A36.89 Other diphtheritic...
Culture, check immunization status, and consider antimicrobial prophylaxis (penicillin or erythromycin) for close contacts of known cases of C. diphtheriae.
Tdap is routinely recommende...
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