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What are the risks of acute epiglottitis?
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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