epiglottitismedical dictionary

<pathology> Inflammation of the epiglottis due to a bacterial (haemophilus influenza) infection.

This serious, life-threatening infection is more common in children 2 to 7 years of age. The illness is typically of abrupt onset with stridor, sore throat, breathing difficulty, drooling and a high fever. A whispery diminished voice is also common.

Treatment involves airway protection and intravenous antibiotics.

(07 May 1998)

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