What are the physical findings in 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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Physical findings of epiglottitis may include the following [2] :

  • Tripod position - Sitting up on hands, with the tongue out and the head forward

  • Drooling/inability to handle secretions

  • Stridor - A late finding indicating advanced airway obstruction

  • Muffled voice (54%)

  • Cervical adenopathy

  • Fever

  • Hypoxia

  • Respiratory distress

  • Severe pain on gentle palpation over the larynx or hyoid bone [3]

  • Mild cough

  • Irritability

  • Tachycardia

  • Toxic appearance of patient

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