Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Epiglottis Infection Evaluation

The evaluation of epiglottitis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with epiglottitis may include:

Testing is usually required to confirm the diagnosis of epiglottitis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate epiglottitis include:
  • Direct visualization of the epiglottis in the operating room.
    • This should be done as early as possible in all suspected cases of epiglottitis.
  • Soft tissue x-rays of the neck can show enlargement of epiglottis
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Blood tests:

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Epiglottis Infection Similar Conditions

Conditions that may cause symptoms similar to epiglottitis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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