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inflammation of the epiglottis, most often as a result of infection with Haemophilus influenzae type b, but also due to other bacterial, viral, or fungal infection or to thermal injury or other trauma; it is characterized by drooling, sore throat, and distress, and can lead to life-threatening upper airway obstruction. Called also epiglottitis.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
An infectious inflammation and swelling of the laryngeal tissue above the glottis, especially of the epiglottis, which becomes red and spheric leading to upper airway obstruction. See: epiglottitis.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
An infectious inflammation and swelling of the laryngeal tissue above the glottis, especially of the epiglottis, which becomes red and spheric to cause upper airway obstruction.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
Another term for epiglottitis.
Mentioned in: Epiglottitis
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