Epiglottitis presenting as acute pulmonary edema

Stanford C. Lee, Harvey Meislin, Kenneth V. Iserson

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Presented is the case of a 2 1/2-year-old with acute pulmonary edema associated with epiglottitis prior to intubation. The patient complained only of odynophagia and had one brief episode of apnea and flaccid posturing. Chest radiograph demonstrated pulmonary edema. A soft tissue radiograph of the neck confirmed the diagnosis of epiglottitis. The patient was managed successfully with prompt intubation, PEEP, and antibiotics. Pulmonary edema associated with epiglottitis may be more common than previously recognized. It may occur prior to or after intubation. When pulmonary edema is clinically evident, PEEP should be administered early.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-63
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1985


  • epiglottitis, childhood, pulmonary edema
  • infancy and childhood disorders, epiglottitis, pulmonary edema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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