Epiglottic abscess as a complication of acute epiglottitis

Jawad Hindy, Rosa Novoa, Yuval Slovik, Marc Puterman, Ben Zion Joshua

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Objective An epiglottic abscess is considered a life-threatening medical situation that can cause death by obstruction the upper airways. We describe a 58-year-old man who presented to our hospital with sore throat, dysphagia and dysphonia. Materials and methods A fiberoptic laryngoscope (FOL) demonstrated beefy red edematous epiglottis with edema extending from the base of the tongue to the aryepiglottic folds and arytenoids. CT scan showed multiple air bubbles inside the swollen epiglottis, in keeping with the diagnosis of necrotizing epiglottic abscess. Results Under local anesthesia we performed puncture of the abscess at the tip of the epiglottis. He was dismissed 5 days from his admission to the hospital after an improvement was noticed in his epiglottis. Conclusion Treatment consists of airway management if needed under anesthesia and draining of the abscess. An IV antibiotics plus corticosteroids should be administrated the moment a suspicion of epiglottitis is present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-365
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


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