What are the symptoms of 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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In a 2005 retrospective review of patients with acute epiglottitis, symptoms of stridor, voice muffling, rapid clinical course, and a history of diabetes mellitus were significantly associated with the need for airway intervention. [18] The following symptoms are also reported:

  • Sore throat (95%)

  • Odynophagia/dysphagia (95%)

  • Muffled voice (54%) - "Hot potato voice," as if the patient is struggling with a mouthful of hot food

  • Adults may have preceding upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms.


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