Bronchitis Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Feb 09, 2017
  • Author: Jazeela Fayyaz, DO; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Streptococcal pharyngitis is most commonly caused by group A streptococci (45%) and anaerobes (18%), which often occur as a co-infection.

Much of the concern about diagnosing streptococcal pharyngitis is related to the complications of infection, particularly acute rheumatic fever and poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis as a late complication. Therefore, maintaining a high level of suspicion for streptococci group A in the presence of pharyngitis is advisable.

Other medical issues/problems to consider include the following:

  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Bacterial tracheitis
  • Cough
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Influenza
  • Hyperreactive airway disease
  • Retained foreign body
  • Tonsillitis
  • Occupational exposures

Differential Diagnoses