Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal balanitis: it may be more common than you think.
Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus can cause balanitis in prepubertal males, and its incidence is probably greater than previously reported in the pediatric literature. We suggest the routine inclusion of a GABHS-selective culture in any case where a discharge or irritation is present on the glans or foreskin, especially if a recent streptococcal infection has been documented, whether or not sexual abuse is being considered. Finally, we hope to stimulate interest for further in-depth study of balanitis caused by GABHS.
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Kyriazi, N. C., & Costenbader, C. L. (1991). Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal balanitis: it may be more common than you think. Pediatrics, 88(1), 154–156.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics