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Is epiglottitis rare in 14yr? can they get it if they have bronchitis? if you have epiglottitis is your epiglottis then visible?

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Dr. Clement Mcdonald answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

You can always see your epiglottis with an xray or camera down the nose. Vaccines have made epiglottis much less common.

Answered Jul 28, 2015

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Dr. Nela Cordero answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

They are common in early childhood with sx of difficulty breathing. Child is usually hospitalized with oxygen inhalation and increased humidity inside the tent. It can occur with bronchitis.

Answered Mar 6, 2013

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Dr. Oscar Novick answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Epiglottis has become extremely rare since the introduction of vaccine for it. It usually affects the epiglottis per se. We don't recommend too much manipulation of the pharyngeal area because it makes matters worse.

Answered Feb 27, 2016

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