Upper airway obstruction
- In children, upper airway obstruction is primarily allergic, infectious (croup, epiglottitis, abscess), or caused by foreign body aspiration.
- While adults may also suffer from upper airway obstruction of an infectious etiology, it is more commonly caused by malignancy, trauma, or inflammatory diseases.
Treatment is dependent on the underlying etiology; however, intubation may be required in severe cases regardless of the cause.
J98.8 – Other specified respiratory disorders
79688008 – Respiratory obstruction