From the case: Epiglottitis

On the lateral vi...
On the lateral view, the classic "thumbprint sign" is seen, characterized by indistinct thickening of the epiglottis, reflecting edema and inflammation.
System: Head & Neck
Section: Signs
Tag: stub
Modality: X-ray (Lateral)

- “ Epiglottitis is inflammatory thickening and edema of the epiglottis and aryepiglottic folds which can acutely compromise the airway, especially in...”

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  • Thumb sign (epiglottitis) - “ The thumb sign in epiglottitis is a manifestation of an edematous and enlarged epiglottis which is seen on lateral soft-tissue radiograph of the n...”

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