What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup 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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Initial studies regarding the applicability of using bedside ultrasonography in the evaluation of the normal epiglottis found it to be both easy to perform and accurate. [23] More recently, Prasad et al suggested complementing a sublingual scanning approach with a transcutaneous approach. [24] Further analysis regarding usage of bedside ultrasonography in evaluating epiglottic disease and pathologic epiglottic enlargement may help determine the future clinical role of ultrasonography in the management of acute epiglottitis.


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