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[Diagnostic of group A streptococcal blistering distal dactylitis].

Blistering distal dactylitis is a distinct clinical entity, generally due to S. pyogenes, unfrequently reported. Characteristically, blistering distal dactylitis is described as a localized infection involving the distal phalanx of the digits, and it usually presents as a fluid-filled blister. Between October 2009 and June 2014, 69 children (median age: 60 months, extremes: 0,6-176) were enrolled. The sensitivity of GAS rapid antigen detection test was 97 % (CI 95 %: 83-100 %), the specificity was 76 % (CI 95 %: 60-89 %), the negative predictive value was 97 % (CI 95 %: 83-100 %), and the positive predictive value 76 % (CI 95 %: 60-89 %). All patients with a positive GAS rapid antigen test were treated with antibiotics (amoxicillin essentially) and cured without surgery.

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