The name "angina epiglottidea anterior" was given to this interesting condition by Michel, in 1878. It is an inflammatory process involving the anterior surface of the epiglottis, as a rule confined to it, and accompanied by more or less edema, which is the characteristic feature of this affection. The larynx itself may be affected to a certain extent.
True angina epiglottidea anterior occurs quite often as a primary affection, and is a separate and distinct condition. This statement will, I think, be proved by the report of the following cases. An inflammation of the anterior surface of the epiglottis, of course, sometimes follows an acute inflammation of the tonsils, acute pharyngitis and affections of the lingual tonsil. But in these cases the epiglottitis is merely a part of a general acute inflammation of the fauces, and must be distinguished from the primary or idiopathic epiglottitis. It must also be distinguished
THEISEN CF. ANGINA EPIGLOTTIDEA ANTERIOR.REPORT OF THREE CASES.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(3):168–173. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470030022001d
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