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December 2, 1933


Author Affiliations

Beirut, Syria
From the Departments of Otolaryngology and Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut.

JAMA. 1933;101(23):1801-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27430480001009

Acute edema of the glottis occurring during measles is mentioned as a rare complication by several authors. Barnhill1 states that acute edema of the larynx sometimes follows or accompanies the worst types of exanthems. Coakley2 lists measles as one of the causes of edema of the larynx. Morse3 states that severe inflammation of the larynx is an occasional complication of this disease in children. Scheppegrell4 states that "acute laryngitis is sometimes simulated by the initial stage of an attack of measles. This may become so severe that a tracheotomy is required to relieve the danger of suffocation. As the edema of the larynx is usually relieved by the development of the rash, the operation should be deferred as long as possible and if necessary intubation given the preference."

REPORT OF CASES  Last winter we saw three cases of acute edema of the larynx as a serious