May 15, 2019
Take Home Points on Epiglottitis
- Epiglottitis has demonstrated a resurgence in the adult population. It is no longer a pediatric only disease.
- The classic presentation of epiglottitis (3Ds of drooling, dysphagia and distress) is uncommon
- Epiglottitis should be high on your differential for the bounce-back patient who continues to complain of worsening sore throat
- Definitive diagnosis is made by flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy
- Be ready for a difficult airway