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May 1971

Epiglottic Abscess: Fatal Acute Airway Obstruction in an Adult

Author Affiliations

From the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland, Baltimore.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(5):533-535. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060779020

A previously healthy adult with an epiglottic abscess died because of airway obstruction. Fatal epiglottitis in adults is an unusual occurrence. The infective organism in this case was the staphylococcus.