Unilateral supraglottitis in adults: fact or fiction.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Supraglottitis and epiglottitis have been described for many years by various authors. Haemophilus influenzae type b is the primary cause of childhood epiglottitis, which classically appears between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Onset is usually acute and the presentation can be dramatic with drooling, high temperatures, and stridor. Compared to childhood supraglottitis, adult supraglottitis usually pursues a more indolent course with no significant airway compromise and no identifiable pathogen. Rarely, adult supraglottitis can resemble its childhood counterpart with acute respiratory compromise secondary to H. influenzae infection. Although most incidences of adult supraglottitis are infectious in origin and involve the entire supraglottitis and epiglottis, we present two cases of unilateral supraglottitis caused by inhalation of a hot wire screen used as a filter for smoking crack cocaine.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McQueen, CT; Yarbrough, WG; Witsell, DL; Holmes, DK; Shockley, WW

Published Date

  • August 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 255 - 257

PubMed ID

  • 8551540

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0381-6605


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Canada