What are the risk factors for severe epiglottitis?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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A retrospective study by Suzuki et al indicated that risk factors for severe epiglottitis in adults includes older age, a body mass index of over 25.0 kg/m2, and the presence of diabetes mellitus, epiglottic cyst, or pneumonia, at admission. The study included 6072 patients with epiglottitis, including 9.4% with a severe form of the condition. [9]


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