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Although there is no specific laboratory test for epiglottitis, the following nonspecific test are helpful. These include,[1][2] blood culture, complete blood count, arterial blood gases and throat culture. Throat culture should only be done in intubated patients.[3][4][5][6]

Laboratory Findings

Laboratory investigation in the diagnosis of epiglottitis may include the following nonspecific tests:[1][2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Rohrbach MR, Shabani S, Wieland A (2016). "Airway Obstruction Secondary to Emphysematous Epiglottitis: A Case Report". Am J Case Rep. 17: 834–836. PMC 5102242. PMID 27821835.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stroud RH, Friedman NR (2001). "An update on inflammatory disorders of the pediatric airway: epiglottitis, croup, and tracheitis". Am J Otolaryngol. 22 (4): 268–75. doi:10.1053/ajot.2001.24825. PMID 11464324.
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  6. 6.0 6.1 Hafidh MA, Sheahan P, Keogh I, Walsh RM (2006). "Acute epiglottitis in adults: a recent experience with 10 cases". J Laryngol Otol. 120 (4): 310–3. doi:10.1017/S0022215106000399. PMID 16623975.