Epiglottitis in adult

Discussion:

Acute epiglottitis most commonly occurs in kids between 2-8 years old but it can present in any age.  Adult acute epiglottitis usually presents as upper respiratory tract infection.  Adults do not present with the classic respiratory distress (i.e. stridor) and tripod posturing such as in children.  The most common presentation in adults are:

  • sore throat (100%)
  • trouble swallowing (94%)
  • difficulty swallowing own secretions (63%)
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