Acute epilgottitis is a most dangerous condition . It is characterized by the abrupt onset of rapidly progressive respiratory obstruction due to a swollen, cherry-red epiglottis. Complete airway obstruction may occur in a few hours and cause death.
it is a localized inflammation of the supraglottic larynx ,usually involve the mucous membranes of epiglottis.
according to typical history and clinical manifestation, a diagnosis of AE can be confirmed. Remember , if the patient has an abrupt onset of severe sore throat, Don’t simply make a diagnosis of acute tonsillitis or acute pharyngitis. Indirect laryngoscope must be performed to observe the epiglottis. Misdiagnosis of AE may delay proper and prom treatment and may cause death!!