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Uvulitis, Emergency Medicine

James P. Brewer Reviewed 06/2017
 


Basics

Description

Uvulitis refers to any inflammatory condition involving the uvula. Uvulitis can be separated into 2 broad categories: 
  • Infectious:

    • Bacterial

    • Viral

    • Candidal

  • Traumatic or noninfectious

Epidemiology

Diagnosis

Signs and Symptoms

Dependent upon etiology and associated structural involvement (pharyngitis, epiglottitis, laryngitis, etc.) 

History

  • Generally rapid in onset (<4–6 hr) depending on etiolo...

Treatment

Pre-Hospital

  • Rapid assessment of airway, definitive management as warranted

  • Supplemental oxygen

  • Peripheral IV access

  • Assessment of patient surroundings, potential ingestions/inhalants

  • Per pre-hos...

Follow-Up

Disposition

Disposition dependent upon severity of condition and response to therapy 

Admission Criteria

  • Severe airway obstruction warranting definitive airway and ventilatory management

  • Need fo...

Pearls and Pitfalls

  • Uvulitis can be caused by several etiologies ranging from infection to hereditary disorder

  • Treatment should be directed toward the suspected etiology based on history and exam

  • Uvulit...

Additional Reading

  • Buyantseva  LV, Sardana  N, Craig  TJ. Update on treatment of hereditary angioedema. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol.  2012;30:89–98.

  • Cohen  M, Chhetri  DK, Head  C. Isolated uvulit...

Codes

ICD9

528.3 Cellulitis and abscess of oral soft tissues 

ICD10

K12.2 Cellulitis and abscess of mouth 

SNOMED

  • 300932000 Uvulitis (disorder)

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