an infection of the epiglottis, which swells and causes obstruction of the upper airways. Epiglottitis usually occurs in children between one and seven years old, who complain of drooling and breathing difficulties and are acutely unwell. The main bacterium that causes epiglottitis is Haemophilus influenzae, and the infection has become much less common since the Hib vaccine was introduced. Treatment consists of antibiotics and, if necessary, intubation. Children should be nursed in intensive care until the infection is under control.

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  • Epiglottitis —   die, /... tiden, Entzündung des Kehldeckels (Kehlkopfkrankheiten). * * * Epi|glot|ti|tis, die; , ...tiden (Med.): Entzündung der Epiglottis …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Epiglottitis — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 J05.1 Akute Epiglottitis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Epiglottitis — Infobox Disease Name = PAGENAME Caption = DiseasesDB = 4360 ICD10 = ICD10|J|05|1|j|00 ICD9 = ICD9|464.3, ICD9|476.1 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = emerg eMedicineTopic = 169 eMedicine mult = eMedicine2|emerg|375 eMedicine2|ped|700… …   Wikipedia

  • epiglottitis — Inflammation of the epiglottis, which may cause respiratory obstruction, especially in children; frequently due to infection by Haemophilus influenzae type b. SYN: epiglottiditis. * * * ep·i·glot·ti·tis glät īt əs n inflammation of the epiglottis …   Medical dictionary

  • Epiglottitis, acute — A very rapidly progressive infection causing inflammation of the epiglottis (the flap that covers the trachea) and tissues around the epiglottis that may lead to abrupt blockage of the upper airway and death. The infection is usually caused by… …   Medical dictionary

  • Epiglottitis — Epi|glotti̱tis [zu ↑Epiglottis] w; , ...iti̱den (in fachspr. Fügungen: ...i̱tides): Entzündung der Schleimhaut des Kehldeckels …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • Epiglottitis — Epi|glot|ti|tis die; , ...itiden <zu ↑...itis> Entzündung des Kehldeckels (Med.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • epiglottitis — ep·i·glot·ti·tis …   English syllables

  • epiglottitis — /ɛpiglɒˈtaɪtəs/ (say epeeglo tuytuhs) noun inflammation of the epiglottis. {epiglott(is) + itis} …  

  • epiglottitis — noun inflammation of the epiglottis; characterized by fever and a severe sore throat and difficulty in swallowing • Hypernyms: ↑inflammation, ↑redness, ↑rubor …   Useful english dictionary

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