JAMA Patient Page | Sore Throat Uvula T O N G U E PA L AT E BACK WALL OF PHARYNX Tonsil IN FE C TIO U S D IS E A S E The Journal of the American Medical AssociationJAMA PATIENT PAGE Sore Throat Sore throat, known as pharyngitis or tonsillitis (inflammation of the pharynx or tonsils, respectively), is one of the most common health complaints. The April 7, 2004, issue of JAMA includes an article about diagnosing and treating sore throats. CAUSES OF SORE THROAT FOR MORE INFORMATION • American Academy of Pediatrics 847/434-4000 www.aap.org • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases www.niaid.nih.gov INFORM YOURSELF To find this and other JAMA Patient Pages, go to the Patient Page link on JAMA’s Web site at www.jama.com. A Patient Page on coughs, colds, and antibiotics was published in the May 28, 2003, issue; and one on strep throat was published in the December 13, 2000, issue. Sharon Parmet, MS, Writer Cassio Lynm, MA, Illustrator Richard M. Glass, MD, Editor 1664 JAMA, April 7, 2004—Vol 291, No. 13 Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases The JAMA Patient Page is a public service of JAMA. The information and recommendations appearing on this page are appropriate in most instances, but they are not a substitute for medical diagnosis. For specific information concerning your personal medical condition, JAMA suggests that you consult your physician. This page may be photocopied noncommercially by physicians and other health care professionals to share with patients. Any other print or online reproduction is subject to AMA approval. To purchase bulk reprints, call 718/946-7424. Most sore throats are caused by infections with viruses, small organisms that do not respond to antibiotics. Examples include the sore throat of a common cold, influenza (flu), or infectious mononucleosis (a viral disease with sore throat, fever, and lymph node enlargement).