bacterial tracheitis

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tracheitis

 [tra″ke-i´tis]
inflammation of the trachea.
bacterial tracheitis an acute crouplike bacterial infection of the upper airway in children, with coughing and high fever. Called also bacterial, membranous, or pseudomembranous croup.

bacterial tracheitis

Acute inflammation of the trachea, which is most often caused by Staphylococcus aureus. It typically follows a recent viral infection and primarily affects young children, whose narrower bore tracheas are at increased risk of closure by mucosal oedema.
Clinical findings Croup-like cough, dyspnoea, high fever.
Exam Intercostal retraction, stridor.
Imaging Thumb and little finger sign.
Lab ABGs, culture (nasopharynx, trachea).
Management Intubation, O2 therapy, antibiotics.
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