Adenoiditis physical examination

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Adenoiditis Microchapters


Patient Information


Historical Perspective




Differentiating Adenoiditis from other Diseases

Epidemiology and Demographics

Risk Factors


Natural History, Complications and Prognosis


Diagnostic Criteria

History and Symptoms

Physical Examination

Laboratory Findings

X Ray



Other Imaging Findings

Other Diagnostic Studies


Medical Therapy


Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention

Cost-Effectiveness of Therapy

Future or Investigational Therapies

Case Studies

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Mahshid Mir, M.D. [2]


Patients with adenoiditis are usually good-appearing. Physical examination of patients with adenoiditis is usually remarkable for fever, and purulent nasal discharges.[1][2][3]

Physical exam

Appearance of the Patient

  • Patient is usually good-appearing in early stages, but may be ill appearing if the complications and disease severity are present.

Vital Signs

  • Fever
  • Tachycardia can be present as a result of infection or pneumonia
  • Tachypnea can be present as a result of infection or pneumonia




  • Fine crackles upon auscultation of the lung due to concurrent pneumonia


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