Steeple sign - croup

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Ho

Presentation

Low grade fever and mild cough.

Patient Data

Age: 3 year old boy
Gender: Male
X-ray

Chest

Frontal radiograph reveals symmetric subglottic narrowing secondary to subglottic edema.

Case Discussion

Features demonstrating the "Steeple" sign in keeping with croup.

Most common signs/symptoms of croup acutely include a barky ('croupy") or seal-like cough, hoarseness, and inspiratory stridor. However, early on, during the prodrome phase  the child might only present with a low-grade fever,  mild cough and rhinorrhea, such as the case in this patient. Often seen in young infants (6 months - 3 years old). 

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Case information

rID: 22936
Case created: 5th May 2013
Last edited: 8th Sep 2015
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