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.
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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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