Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Infected Epiglottis Underlying Cause

The epiglottis covers the windpipe during swallowing. Epiglottitis can cause dangerous swelling of the epiglottis, which can result in obstruction of the airway.

The most common cause of epiglottitis is infection by bacteria.

The most common bacteria that cause epiglottitis include:

Additional causes of epiglottitis include:
  • Burns:
    • Heat
    • Chemicals
  • Injury

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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