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Question: What is Vincent’s angina?


This is a necrotizing pharyngitis caused by a mixture of anaerobes and spirochetes. Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus may also play a role. Symptoms include an extremely sore throat, fever, and foul breath. Physical examination reveals pharyngeal ulcerations that are covered with a purulent exudate. Treatment with penicillin is curative.

Reference: Gorbach SL, Bartlett JG, Blacklow NR (eds): Infectious Diseases, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.

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