Group A streptococcus (GAS), also known as Streptococcus pyogenes, causes a wide range of infections and complications, including rheumatic fever.
This test is for fast detection of Strep A antigen from throat smears. Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a bacterium commonly found in the throat and on the skin. Group A streptococci can be present in the throat or on the skin and cause no symptoms of disease, but they may also cause infections that range from mild to severe and even life-threatening.
The majority of GAS infections are relatively mild illnesses, such as “strep throat” or impetigo. Occasionally, however, these bacteria can reach parts of the body where bacteria are not usually found, such as the blood, deep muscle and fat tissue, or the lungs, and can cause invasive infections.
Two of the most severe but least common forms of invasive GAS disease are necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Necrotizing fasciitis (sometimes described by the media as “the flesh-eating bacteria”) is a destructive infection of muscle and fat tissue; streptococcal toxic shock syndrome is a rapidly progressing infection causing shock and injury to internal organs such as the kidneys, liver, and lungs.
It is important to treat an infection because it can lead to a more serious infection that spreads further into your body. Effective treatment is getting harder due to antibiotic resistance.
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