, Volume 178, Issue 4, pp 541-542
Date: 07 Aug 2009

A fatal case of Pasteurella multocida epiglottitis

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Pasteurella multocida, a Gram-negative bacillus, is rarely associated with acute respiratory infections.


To describe a case of fatal P. multocida epiglottitis.


A 52-year-old gentleman developed a sore throat and died suddenly within an hour of seeing his general practitioner. Post-mortem findings were consistent with death due to laryngeal obstruction associated with epiglottitis and laryngopharyngitis. A swab taken from the epiglottis for culture was positive for P. multocida.


Physicians should be aware of the potential for acute deterioration in adults with acute epiglottitis.