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Complications of Epiglotitis

Complications list for Epiglotitis:

The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Epiglotitis includes:

  • Breathing obstruction (see Breathing difficulties)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Choking
  • Death
  • Bacterial pneumonia (type of Pneumonia)
  • Meningitis
  • Pericarditis
  • Skin abscess
  • Arthritis
  • Death can occur without prompt treatment
  • Epiglottitis is a medical emergency that may result in death if not treated quickly. Risk of death for persons with epiglottitis is high due to sudden airway obstruction and difficulty intubating patients with extensive swelling of supraglottic structures
  • The adult mortality rate is around 7%
  • The mortality rate in pediatric cases is less than 1%

See also the symptoms of Epiglotitis and Epiglotitis: Introduction.

Complications and sequelae of Epiglotitis from the Diseases Database include:

Source: Diseases Database

See also the symptoms of Epiglotitis and Epiglotitis: Introduction.

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About complications:

Complications of Epiglotitis are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Epiglotitis. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Epiglotitis and complications of Epiglotitis is unclear or arbitrary.


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