Epiglottitis Questions & Answers

Updated: Apr 10, 2018
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is epiglottis?

What is the most urgent consideration for epiglottis?

What is the preferred method of evaluation for suspected epiglottitis?

When is intubation indicated in cases of epiglottitis?

What are the airway management options in cases of epiglottitis?

What is the management approach to stable patients with epiglottitis?

What causes epiglottitis?

What are the risk factors for severe epiglottitis?

What is the global incidence of epiglottitis?

What is the prognosis of epiglottitis?

Which features of epiglottitis portend a poor outcome?

What are the complications of epiglottitis?

What is the patient education for epiglottitis?

Presentation

What is the clinical history of epiglottitis?

What are the symptoms of epiglottitis?

What are the physical findings in epiglottitis?

DDX

What are the diagnostic considerations of epiglottitis?

What are the conditions to consider in the evaluation of acute epiglottitis?

What are the differential diagnoses for Epiglottitis?

Workup

What are the approach considerations in the workup of epiglottitis?

How is epiglottitis diagnosed?

What is the role of radiography in the workup of epiglottitis?

How is measurement of the epiglottis used to diagnose epiglottitis?

What is the vallecula sign used in the diagnosis of epiglottitis?

What is the role of chest radiography in the workup of epiglottitis?

What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup of epiglottitis?

Which blood tests are indicated in the workup of epiglottitis?

Treatment

What are the approach considerations in the treatment of epiglottitis?

What percentage of patients with acute epiglottitis require airway management?

What is the prehospital care of epiglottitis?

How is the airway managed in unstable patients with epiglottitis?

How is the airway monitored in stable patients with epiglottitis?

How are recurrences prevented in epiglottitis?

Which specialist consultations are indicated in the treatment of epiglottitis?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of epiglottitis?

Which medications in the drug class Analgesic-antipyretics are used in the treatment of Epiglottitis?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Epiglottitis?