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Diphtheria (cont.)


Appropriate outpatient follow-up must be arranged upon discharge from a hospital. A health-care provider will need to monitor the patient's progress, especially if they have experienced cardiac or neurologic complications during the course of illness. Nasopharyngeal cultures should be repeated post-treatment to make sure the bacterium has been eradicated, and their immunization schedule for diphtheria should be updated, if not previously done.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2014
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