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July 1986

Acute Uvulitis and Epiglottitis

Author Affiliations

Vienna, Va

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(7):784. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780070096023

To the Editor.—Westerman and Hutton1 published a timely article on the association of acute infectious uvulitis with epiglottitis. In their review of the pertinent literature, the authors found only one previously published report.2 I have been interested in acute infectious uvulitis, and, in my search of the literature, I found several additional articles3,4 that have been published on the subject of acute uvulitis and epiglottitis secondary to Haemophilus influenzae type B. A swollen inflamed uvula may also be caused by frequent hashish smoking5 and by ingestion of caustic substances.