Acute Epiglottitis Due to COVID-19 Infection

  • Jonathan Emberey Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK
  • Srinath Velala Department of ENT/Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK
  • Ben Marshall Department of Anaesthetics, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK
  • Adil Hassan Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK
  • Salim Meghjee Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK
  • M Jamil Malik Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK
  • Muhammad Hussain Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK

Keywords

Epiglottitis, COVID-19

Abstract

A 53-year-old man presented acutely to the Accident and Emergency department with a 2-day history of progressive odynophagia and shortness of breath. The patient had stridor at rest and acute epiglottitis was suspected. The patient was transferred urgently to theatre for intubation but due to a severely oedematous airway, this was unsuccessful and emergency tracheotomy was performed by the ENT team. Throughout admission the only positive microbiological sample was a nasopharyngeal swab for SARS-CoV-2 infection. In the absence of other positive microbiology, it is highly likely that COVID-19 was the aetiological cause of acute epiglottitis in this instance.

Author Biographies

Adil Hassan ,
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK

Registrar in Respiratory Medicine

MBBS, MRCP

Salim Meghjee ,
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK

Consultant Respiratory Physician

FRCP

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  • Published: 2021-03-03

    Issue: Vol 8 No 3 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
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    Emberey J, Velala S, Marshall B, Hassan A, Meghjee S, Malik MJ, Hussain M. Acute Epiglottitis Due to COVID-19 Infection . EJCRIM 2021;8 doi:10.12890/2021_002280.