Acute epiglottitis in childhood: Report of an increased incidence in Victoria

Sly, P.D., Landau, L.I. and Wagener, J.S. (1984) Acute epiglottitis in childhood: Report of an increased incidence in Victoria. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine, 14 2: 131-134.


Author Sly, P.D.
Landau, L.I.
Wagener, J.S.
Title Acute epiglottitis in childhood: Report of an increased incidence in Victoria
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8291
Publication date 1984
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-5994.1984.tb04275.x
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 131
End page 134
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract The incidence of acute epiglottitis treated in Melbourne, Australia at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) has increased from an average of 14 cases per year during 1975-79 to 49 cases per year during 1980-81. Less marked increases have occurred for H. influenzae meningitis and bacteremia and H. influenzae (untyped) isolation from respiratory tract cultures. A review of 171 cases of acute epiglottitis showed no significant differences between the 1975-79 and 1980-81 patients with respect to sex, age, seasonal incidence, prodromal length, prodromal symptoms geographical location, polymorphonuclear cell count, or disease severity. Patients treated in 1980-81 had fewer complications (12% versus 22%, p<0.02), and a shorter hospital stay (3.0 versus 3.3 days, p<0.003). The increased incidence of H. influenzae type b infections may be due to an increased bacterial presence within our community.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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