A 25-year-old member asked:
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is it possible to be diagnosed with epiglottitis more than once?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Possible but...: Epiglottitis became a rare disease entity since universal hib (hemophilus influenzae type b) vaccination has been instituted in early 1990s. Rare cases of epiglottitis seen last decade were caused mainly by s. Pneumoniae or group a streptococcus.
Answered on Dec 5, 2011
Dr. Julian Goldman
35 years experience Anesthesiology
It is uncommon: Repeated episodes ("recurrent") epiglottitis is uncommon in adults. The published literature suggests that it can be caused by problems with the immune system. You may want to discuss this possibility with your doctor.
Answered on Jan 8, 2013
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Rare: When recurrent acute epiglottitis occurs in adults, it is important to investigate the immune system because a quantitative or a specific antibody deficiency could be found. Same probably holds for adolescents and children.
Answered on Aug 30, 2016

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