Which clinical findings suggest croup?

Updated: Oct 09, 2019
  • Author: Germaine L Defendi, MD, MS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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The clinical presentation of croup has wide variation. Most children have just a "croupy" cough and hoarse cry. Some may have stridor only upon activity or agitation, whereas others may have audible stridor at rest and clinical evidence of respiratory distress. Overall however, a child with croup typically does not appear toxic. Paradoxically, a child with a severe case of croup may have "quiet" stridor due to a significant degree of airway obstruction.

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