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diphtheria affecting the larynx, usually with asphyxiation due to obstruction of the airway by the membrane that forms, with fatal outcome.
Synonym(s): laryngotracheal diphtheria
A complication of diphtheria caused by extension of the membrane from the pharynx with gradual occlusion of the airway. The signs are restlessness, use of accessory respiration muscles, and development of cyanosis. If this condition is not remedied effectively, death results.
See also: diphtheria
la·ryn·ge·al diph·the·ri·a(lă-rinjē-ăl dif-thērē-ă)
Diphtheria affecting the larynx, usually with asphyxiation due to airway obstruction by membrane that forms, with fatal outcome.