Table 1

Initial study population characteristics.

Prednisone n = 40Placebo n = 39
Mean age in years (SD)32.4 (9.1)35.4 (11.5)
Female (%)72.553.8
Patients with throat pain (%)40 (100)39 (100)
Patients with fever (%)24 (60)25 (64)
Patients with exudate (%)35 (87)34 (87)
Patients with lymphadenopathy (%)36 (90)35 (89)
Patients with dysphagia (%)39 (97)39 (100)
Mean pain score VAS (SD)8.0 (1.6)7.4 (1.8)
Patients requiring time off work (%)22 (55)27 (69)
Patients with streptococcal infection (%)18/35 (51)24/38 (63)
  • SD = standard deviation.

  • VAS = visual analogue scale.