Epiglottitis can also occur with other infections in adults, such as pneumonia. Most commonly, it is misdiagnosed as a strep throat. Most commonly, it is misdiagnosed as a strep throat. Adult acute epiglottitis usually presents as upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). Adults do not present with the classic respiratory distress (i.e. stridor) and tripod posturing such as in children. The most common presentation in adults are: sore throat (100%) trouble swallowing (94%), and.
Epiglottitis used to primarily affect children and usually was caused by Haemophilus influenzae type B. Now, because of widespread vaccination, it has been almost eradicated in children (more cases occur in adults). May 01, 1986 · Abstract. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records on all cases of acute epiglottitis in adults from each of the hospitals in Rhode Island and from the state medical examiner's office over an eight-year period (1975–1982). We found 56 cases — an annual incidence of 9.7 cases per million adults.Cited by: 253.
There is also more diversity in the cause of epiglottitis in adults. The incidence of acute epiglottitis in adults ranges from 0.97 to 3.1 per 100,000, with a mortality of approximately 7.1%. The incidence of acute epiglottitis in adults ranges from 0.97 to 3.1 per 100,000, with a mortality of approximately 7.1%.