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what are the tests for epiglottitis?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
35 years experience Pediatrics
Scope and cultures: Most of the time, an ENT doctor will examine the airway with a scope (with an anesthesiologist right there to put an airway tube in if there is epiglottitis); ultrasound is also sometimes used. Cultures of blood and the epiglottis are done as well.
Answered on Apr 14, 2017
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Some tests: Pulse oximeter estimates blood oxygen levels so getting enough oxygen because of airway obstruction.Flexible fiber-optic-lighted scope for looking down throat for local exam.Lateral radiograph of neck while continuously monitored for enlargement of epiglottis.Culture of epiglottis with swab and blood culture for bacteria in blood stream.
Answered on Dec 1, 2014

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