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Here is a quick mnemonic “EPIGLOTTIS to remember about Epiglottitis

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, INI-CET, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Epiglottitis : How To Remember Easily ?

  • E – Epiglottitis can present with associated dysphagia, odynophagia, hoarseness, and stridor.
  • P – Patients with epiglottitis may extend their neck or lean forward and drool oral secretions to avoid swallowing.
  • I – Inflamed and enlarged epiglottis protrudes up into the oropharynx.
  • G – Generally “Hot potato voice” is a characteristic symptom of epiglottitis.
  • L – Laryngospasm can be provoked by attempting to examine or swab the posterior pharynx.
  • O – Obstruction of the airway in epiglottitis can become acutely life-threatening.
  • T – The patient with epiglottitis must be observed in a hospital setting.
  • T – The “thumb sign” on a lateral neck radiograph indicates epiglottal swelling.
  • I – Intubation or tracheostomy may become necessary in severe cases.
  • S – S. pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, and S. aureus are responsible organisms in adults with epiglottitis.


Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department