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What are the risks of a child having acute epiglottitis that is serious?
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
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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: Always serious
Epiglottitis is always serious because of threat of sudden closure of airway.
Patient should be in hospital with professional treatment and observation ususally in ICU. Intubation of airway is always possibility.

In brief: Always serious
Epiglottitis is always serious because of threat of sudden closure of airway.
Patient should be in hospital with professional treatment and observation ususally in ICU. Intubation of airway is always possibility.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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