Acute Emphysematous Epiglottitis: A Case Report

Laryngoscope. 2023 Mar 17. doi: 10.1002/lary.30660. Online ahead of print.


Epiglottitis is a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract that can be rapidly progressive and life-threatening. Though predominantly seen in unvaccinated children, there seems to be a shift with the incidence of adult cases rising following the Haemophilus Influenza B (HiB) vaccine. There are several reports of epiglottitis manifesting as an abscess, but few cases report on the formation of an emphysematous abscess. Additionally, little is known on the bacterial etiology of such infections. Here, we present a case of a patient found to have acute emphysematous epiglottis managed with fiberoptic intubation, drainage, and culture of the abscess. Laryngoscope, 2023.

Keywords: awake fiberoptic intubation; emphysematous; epiglottitis; rigid endoscopy; supraglottitis.

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