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Acute supraglottitis in adults: early indicators of airway obstruction.

Authors
  • Deeb, Z E1
  • 1 Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Washington Hospital Center, DC 20010, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Otolaryngology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
1997
Volume
18
Issue
2
Pages
112–115
Identifiers
PMID: 9074736
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

In the early phases of acute supraglottitis, the most reliable indicator of impending airway obstruction is a rapidly developing severe sore throat. Dyspnea, tachypnea, retractions, stridor, and cyanosis are manifestations of advanced stages of the infection and should not be awaited to determine the need for airway intervention.

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