Reviewer: Adriana Handra-Luca, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 8 February 2013, last major update October 2012
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● Tracheal involvement in pharyngeal/laryngeal diphtheria is uncommon
● Late appearance of grey-brown thick and firm false membranes of pharynx and larynx
● Death occurs rarely in non-immunized children (Vestn Otorinolaringol 1995;(2):31)
● Fatal case in a nonimmunized child (Pediatr Pathol 1994;14:391)
6 year old child's trachea and major bronchi with mucosa damaged by toxin produced by Corynebacterium diphtheriae
Complete necrosis of surface epithelium, which has been replaced by pseudomembrane of fibrin, necrotic cells and bacteria
End of Trachea > Infectious disorders > Diphtheria
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