Epiglottitis The cause of epiglottitis is a bacterial infection which is spread through the upper respiratory tract. The bacteria usually is Haemophilus influenzae type B (HIB). The reason some children develop the disease, while others do not, is not completely understood.
Epiglottitis Conditions Epiglottitis is an inflammation of the epiglottis, which is part of the voice box in the throat.
The Epiglottis The epiglottis is the cartilaginous structure hanging over the entrance to the larynx and covering the vocal cords. Its function is to keep food from passing into the larynx and trachea .
What is epiglottitis? Epiglottitis is an acute life-threatening bacterial infection that results in swelling and inflammation of the epiglottis.