How should young infants who present with stridor in croup be evaluated?

Updated: Oct 09, 2019
  • Author: Germaine L Defendi, MD, MS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Young infants who present with stridor require a thorough evaluation to determine the etiology and, most importantly, to exclude rare life-threatening causes. Although croup is usually a mild, self-limited disease, upper airway obstruction may cause respiratory distress and pose risk of death. (See Prognosis, Clinical, and Workup.)


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