Epiglottitis--an increasing problem for adults.

  title={Epiglottitis--an increasing problem for adults.},
  author={K. H. Sheikh and S R Mostow},
  journal={The Western journal of medicine},
  volume={151 5},
In a 2-year period, 9 adults were admitted to hospital with acute epiglottitis confirmed by direct laryngoscopy or lateral neck radiograph, or both. The mean age was 53 +/- 14 years, with acute epiglottitis occurring in 89% during the months of September to March. Intubation was required in 4 patients. The duration of symptoms was 7.8 +/- 2.4 hours for intubated patients versus 18.8 +/- 8.9 hours for those not intubated. For 6 patients an incorrect diagnosis was made on their first presentation… CONTINUE READING