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Steptococcal relapse and penicillin

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Steptococcal relapse and penicillin

Postby sydneynoel » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:58 pm

A patient with streptococcal sore throat takes penicillin for two days of a prescribed 10-day regimen. Because he feels better, he then saves the remaining penicillin for some other time. After three more days, he suffers a relapse of the sore throat. Discuss the probable cause of the relapse.

I have always been told that it's important to finish your antibiotic even if you think your symptoms have gone away. But I don't know the exact reason behind this.
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Postby canalon » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:50 pm

Selection of resistant mutant.
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Postby MrMistery » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:26 pm

evolution - a wonderful thing :-)
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