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Sonographic diagnosis of epiglottal enlargement
  1. Firat Bektas,
  2. Secgin Soyuncu,
  3. Ozlem Yigit,
  4. Murat Turhan
  1. Akdeniz University, Acil Servis, Antalya, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Firat Bektas, Akdeniz University, Akdeniz Üniversitesi Týp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Acil Servis, Antalya 07059, Turkey; fbektas{at}


The case is presented of epiglottal and pre-epiglottal oedema secondary to infection of the pharyngolaryngeal area. The purpose of this report was to assess the utility of ultrasonography to image epiglottal and pre-epiglottal oedema. Bedside emergency department ultrasonography could be a valuable tool to detect pathological enlargement of the epiglottis. Ultrasonography may be used in unstable patients for diagnosing epiglottitis because it is cheap, rapid, non-invasive and does not aggravate the patient's symptoms.

  • Airway
  • emergency care systems
  • emergency departments
  • imaging
  • ultrasound

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