Which specialist consultations may be indicated in the treatment of diphtheria?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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The following consultations may be necessary:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to report the case and to secure help in obtaining antitoxin and as well for testing and typing of toxin if indicated

  • Infectious disease service and neurology

  • Cardiology, for assistance in managing cardiac complications

  • Critical care service, for admission into the ICU

  • ENT/anesthesia, for airway control

  • Surgery, for assistance in obtaining a surgical airway if needed in a nonemergent fashion

  • Pulmonary, for bronchoscopy for pseudomembrane removal or obstruction


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