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What causes epiglottitis?

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Most epiglottitis is caused by bacterial, fungal or viral infection, especially among adults.

From: Epiglottitis WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Gerald E Maloney, Jr, DO, Attending Physician, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Coauthor(s): William R Fraser, DO, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Doctors Hospital. Editors: Marian Gambrell, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S Cohen, MD, Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC.



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Author: Gerald E Maloney, Jr, DO, Attending Physician, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Coauthor(s): William R Fraser, DO, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Doctors Hospital. Editors: Marian Gambrell, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S Cohen, MD, Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC.



Epiglottitis from eMedicineHealth  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

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