What is bacterial tracheitis?

Updated: Nov 26, 2018
  • Author: Sujatha Rajan, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Except in patients with a tracheostomy or endotracheal tube, bacterial tracheitis is an uncommon infectious cause of acute upper airway obstruction. It is currently more prevalent than acute epiglottitis in children who have received Haemophilus type B vaccine. Patients may present with crouplike symptoms, such as barking cough, stridor, and fever; however, patients with bacterial tracheitis do not respond to standard croup therapy (racemic epinephrine) and instead require treatment with antibiotics and may experience acute respiratory decompensation. [1, 2, 3]


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