Supraglottitis

Case contributed by Dr Michael P Hartung

Presentation

Sore throat.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male
CT

Thickened, edematous, and enhancing epiglottis and aryepiglottic folds. This is particularly pronounced in the aryepiglottic folds. No discrete rim-enhancing fluid collections or soft tissue gas identified. Severe narrowing of the airway. Secretions just above the level of the cervical esophagus.

Case Discussion

Supraglottitis is the adult form of epiglottitis. It is characterized by thickened epiglottis, aryepiglottic folds, and mucosal enhancement. Patients are managed with intravenous antibiotics and steroids. In this case, the patient underwent intubation due to the concern of severe airway narrowing and potential respiratory failure.

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Case information

rID: 59365
Published: 6th Apr 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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