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Question by  JamesCartwright (21)

How common are false negatives with a strep throat swab culture?

I have had a negative strep throat swab.


Answer by  Feasel (1766)

Not very common as long as they're taken when symptoms are showing. Try a test for Mono, I thought I had strep and it turned out to be mono.


Answer by  gabriella10 (353)

A false negative result means, that the patient was contaminated with strep but results were negative. this is very uncommon.

posted by Anonymous
My daughter had 3 rapid strep tests before it came back positive...must not be that uncommon to have a false negative? Really?  add a comment

Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

It all depends on if it was done in the doctors office or it was sent out if it was done in the doctors office and came up negative go in have another one tell them to send it out. If it was sent out then it was correct.


Answer by  tom6648 (21)

These cultures are known for often returning a false negative. This should lead you to always question the results with your doctor.

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