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South Med J. 1987 Aug;80(8):981-3.

Supraglottitis in young adults.


Supraglottitis is a disorder with the potential for significant morbidity and mortality in adults. Of the 25 patients we reviewed, 18 were black, representing the largest series of black adults with this condition reported in the medical literature. The mean age for black men was 14 years younger than previously described adults with supraglottitis. The index of suspicion for supraglottitis should be high in young adults with odynophagia out of proportion to findings on oropharyngeal examination. Indirect laryngoscopy will confirm the diagnosis and allow prompt initiation of treatment. Early recognition and treatment will avoid complications.

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