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What causes epiglottitis?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Mostly infection

Very rare infection of epiglottis, flap of elastic cartilage tissue covered with mucous membrane, attached to the entrance of the larynx, blocking entrance of food into airway when swallowing.
Since vaccination for hemophilus influenza even rarer.Most common organism causing epiglottitis now is streptococcus pneumoniae. Other organisms include parainfluenzae, varicella-zoster, herpes simplex.

In brief: Mostly infection

Very rare infection of epiglottis, flap of elastic cartilage tissue covered with mucous membrane, attached to the entrance of the larynx, blocking entrance of food into airway when swallowing.
Since vaccination for hemophilus influenza even rarer.Most common organism causing epiglottitis now is streptococcus pneumoniae. Other organisms include parainfluenzae, varicella-zoster, herpes simplex.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics

In brief: Epiglottitis

Children are more vulnerable to developing epiglottitis.
This is an infection of the epiglottis (that cartilaginous structure at the back of the tongue that prevents food from dropping into the windpipe) by bacteria called hemophilus influenzae type b (hib). Fortunately enough, this infection has almost disappeared ever since the introduction of the hib vaccine.

In brief: Epiglottitis

Children are more vulnerable to developing epiglottitis.
This is an infection of the epiglottis (that cartilaginous structure at the back of the tongue that prevents food from dropping into the windpipe) by bacteria called hemophilus influenzae type b (hib). Fortunately enough, this infection has almost disappeared ever since the introduction of the hib vaccine.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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