What is the typical presentation of spasmodic croup (recurrent croup)?

Updated: Oct 09, 2019
  • Author: Germaine L Defendi, MD, MS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Spasmodic croup (recurrent croup) typically presents at night with the sudden onset of "croupy" cough and stridor. The child may have had mild upper respiratory complaints prior to this, but more often has behaved and appeared well prior to the onset of symptoms. Allergic factors may cause recurrent croup due to respiratory epithelial changes from the viral infection.


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