<< Management of Airway Obstruction and Stridor in Pediatric Patients (Pharmacology CME)

Differential Diagnosis

Acute stridor can be differentiated into infectious and noninfectious etiologies. (See Table 1.) Infectious etiologies range from mild and self-limiting to life-threatening causes that require immediate intervention. Acute infectious causes include croup, bacterial tracheitis, epiglottitis, retropharyngeal and peritonsillar abscesses, and mononucleosis.

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