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Adult epiglottitis is an uncommon disease that may become fatal because of sudden airway obstruction. Recurrent adult epiglottitis has been reported rarely in the literature. We present a case of relapsing epiglottitis in a patient with corticosteroid insufficiency secondary to pituitary surgery. It is the first case to highlight this infection occurring in a relapsing manner in a patient with pituitary-adrenocortical insufficiency on long-term steroid replacement therapy.

Original publication




Journal article


J Laryngol Otol

Publication Date





995 - 997


Acute Disease, Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Endocrine System Diseases, Epiglottitis, Female, Humans, Hydrocortisone, Hypophysectomy, Middle Aged, Pituitary-Adrenal System, Postoperative Complications, Recurrence, Thyroxine