Acute adult epiglottitis is a rare and potentially fatal upper airway condition, requiring prompt recognition, resuscitation, stabilization, and transfer to definitive care. Treatment centers on skilled airway management and early antimicrobial therapy. We describe a patient with acute adult epiglottitis in whom airway management using noninvasive positive pressure ventilation was successful allowing avoidance of tracheal intubation.
From the *City Hospital, Birmingham; and †the Department of Anaesthesia, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
Accepted for publication August 20, 2013.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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