Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home

Acute epiglottitis in the tropics: is it an adult disease?

  • Kwai Onn Chan (a1), Yoke Teen Pang (a1) and Kun Kiaang Tan (a1)

Abstract

Acute epiglottitis has traditionally been described as a paediatric disease in reports from temperate countries. There have been very few reports from tropical countries. This is a retrospective review of 32 cases of acute epiglottitis from Singapore over an eight-year period from 1992 to 1999. There were 31 adults and only one child. In Singapore, Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib) immunization in not routine, and thus the increased prevalence in adults cannot be attributed to Hib immunization.

Eleven patients required airway intervention, of whom nine had endotracheal intubation and two had a surgical airway. Significant predictors for airway intervention included the sex of the patient, stridor, presence of airway compromise on examination and a ‘thumb sign’ on the lateral neck radiograph. In adults, selective airway intervention is recommended as those without airway compromise at presentation recover very well with medical treatment alone.

Copyright

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
  • ISSN: 0022-2151
  • EISSN: 1748-5460
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-laryngology-and-otology
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Keywords

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed