Testing & Diagnosis for Epiglottitis in Children

Tests

How does a doctor know that it's epiglottitis?

Because of the severity of the disease and the need for immediate care, the diagnosis is usually made on physical appearance and a thorough medical history. If epiglottitis is suspected, your child will immediately be transferred to the hospital.

At the hospital, the following tests may be performed to confirm the diagnosis:

  • x-ray of the neck
  • blood tests
  • visualization of the airway