A 30-year-old member asked:
what are the risks of acute epiglottitis?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Cindy Juster answered
36 years experience Pediatrics
Airway blockage.: In epiglottitis, the epiglottis (which comes off the back of the tongue deep in the throat) and surrounding area is infected and swollen. This can completely block the airway, which can cause death. If you suspect epiglottitis in someone, they need to be seen at the hospital immediately.
Answered on Jan 20, 2020
Dr. Gerald Mandell answered
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Some risk factors: Certain increased risk factors. More males than females. Having weakened immune system, more susceptible to bacterial infections causing epiglottitis. Lacking adequate vaccination. Delayed or skipped immunizations make child vulnerable to Hemophilus influenzae, most common bacterium causing epiglottitis and increases the risk.
Answered on Dec 4, 2014
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