Pediatric Strep Score Calculator


Pediatric Strep Score Calculator
1. Febrile?
2. Age?
3. Winter or Spring Presentation?
4. Cervical Adenopathy?
5. Absence of Cough, Rhinorrhea, Congestion?
6. Presence of Pharyngitis?

Welcome to the thrilling world of strep scores! It’s like the Super Bowl, but with fewer touchdowns and more tonsillar swelling.

Calculation Formula

Pediatric Strep Score = (Age factor) + (Temperature factor in Fahrenheit) + (Cervical Adenopathy factor) + (Tonsillar Swelling factor) + (Absence of Cough factor)

Categories of Pediatric Strep Score

Score Range Interpretation
0-1 Unlikely to have Strep
2-3 Uncertain, test for Strep
4-5 Likely, consider treatment

Examples of Calculations

Individual Factors Calculation Result
Johnny 2,2,1,0,0 2+2+1+0+0 5: Likely to have Strep
Sally 1,0,0,0,0 1+0+0+0+0 1: Unlikely to have Strep

Calculation Methods

Method Advantages Disadvantages Accuracy
Clinical Score Quick, easy Less accurate Moderate
RADT Rapid results False negatives possible High

Evolution of Pediatric Strep Score

Year Changes
2000 Introduction of Clinical Score
2005 Addition of RADT method


  1. Subjectivity: The scores depend on the clinician’s judgment.
  2. False negatives: The RADT method may produce false negatives.

Alternative Methods

Method Pros Cons
Throat Culture Highly accurate Takes longer time


  1. What is a strep score? A strep score is a calculation used to determine the likelihood of a streptococcal infection.
  2. How is it calculated? The score is calculated using factors such as age, temperature, and symptoms.
  3. What does a high score mean? A high score indicates a high likelihood of a strep infection.
  4. Is this calculation always accurate? No, the calculation is a guide but not definitive. Always consult a healthcare professional.
  5. What is the RADT method? RADT stands for Rapid Antigen Detection Test, a quick method to identify strep infections.
  6. What is a throat culture? A throat culture is a laboratory test to detect bacterial or fungal infections in the throat.
  7. What is cervical adenopathy? Cervical adenopathy refers to swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  8. Does a low score rule out a strep infection? No, a low score only means strep is less likely. Always consult with a healthcare professional.
  9. How often can I calculate the score? As often as needed, especially if symptoms change.
  10. What should I do if I get a high score? If you get a high score, it’s recommended to seek medical attention.


  1. CDC: Comprehensive information on strep throat and Pediatric Strep Scores.
  2. Mayo Clinic: Detailed analysis of strep throat diagnosis and treatments.