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What sort of disorder is epiglottitis?

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Dr. Leslie Garson
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: An infection

Epiglotittis is an acute infection of the epiglottis, which is a soft tissue that hangs in front of your windpipe opening.
This is a very serious illness as if not treated quickly can lead to severe respiratory difficulties. If symptoms of severe sore throat , excessive salivation, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and fever occur go to an emergency room or your doctor immediately.

In brief: An infection

Epiglotittis is an acute infection of the epiglottis, which is a soft tissue that hangs in front of your windpipe opening.
This is a very serious illness as if not treated quickly can lead to severe respiratory difficulties. If symptoms of severe sore throat , excessive salivation, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and fever occur go to an emergency room or your doctor immediately.
Dr. Leslie Garson
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Epiglottis inflammat

The epiglottis is the flap of tissue that covers your windpipe to keep food out of lungs.
If it gets infected, the swelling blocks breathing and swallowing and is very dangerous. The haemophilus influenzae vaccine has made it rare, but other bacteria can cause. Intubation is very important, but dangerous. If not possible, may require tracheotomy until antibiotics reduce swelling.

In brief: Epiglottis inflammat

The epiglottis is the flap of tissue that covers your windpipe to keep food out of lungs.
If it gets infected, the swelling blocks breathing and swallowing and is very dangerous. The haemophilus influenzae vaccine has made it rare, but other bacteria can cause. Intubation is very important, but dangerous. If not possible, may require tracheotomy until antibiotics reduce swelling.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Inflammation

Epiglottitis is any inflammation of the epiglottis (a mucus membrane covered triangular cartilage that covers the opening to the airway, or glottis).
This was deadly in children when it was caused by a bacterium, haemophilus influenzae, prior to the vaccination age, but can still occur due to irritation, viruses, exotic bacteria, and in immunocompromised people.

In brief: Inflammation

Epiglottitis is any inflammation of the epiglottis (a mucus membrane covered triangular cartilage that covers the opening to the airway, or glottis).
This was deadly in children when it was caused by a bacterium, haemophilus influenzae, prior to the vaccination age, but can still occur due to irritation, viruses, exotic bacteria, and in immunocompromised people.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Can be dangerous

Inflammation of the epiglottis, a small piece of cartilage, at the opening of the larynx, usually caused by infection.
Swelling can cause sudden and life-threatening obstruction of the airway. Manipulation of the airway needs to be done by the most experienced person, with a surgeon present. Thankfully less common now due to the h flu vaccine.

In brief: Can be dangerous

Inflammation of the epiglottis, a small piece of cartilage, at the opening of the larynx, usually caused by infection.
Swelling can cause sudden and life-threatening obstruction of the airway. Manipulation of the airway needs to be done by the most experienced person, with a surgeon present. Thankfully less common now due to the h flu vaccine.
Dr. John Stork
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: 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: 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. Garron Miller
Pediatrics

In brief: Bacteria

Usually caused by a bacteria called h.
Flu (not influenza). Now only seen in unimmunized children. And is very serious and deadly.

In brief: Bacteria

Usually caused by a bacteria called h.
Flu (not influenza). Now only seen in unimmunized children. And is very serious and deadly.
Dr. Garron Miller
Dr. Garron Miller
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