Virtual Pediatric Hospital: ElectricAirway: Upper Airway Problems in Children
ElectricAirway: Upper Airway Problems in Children: Croup Syndromes
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Donna M. Santer, M.D., Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Externally Peer Reviewed by Lauren D Holinger, MD, Robert J. Winter, MD and the AMA
By electing to place a tongue blade into the mouth of a child with acute epiglottitis, you are risking reflex laryngospasm and possibly acute airway obstruction. This is one of the few cases where a complete physical examination should be completed at a later time, and therapy should be instituted immediately.
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