Infectious disorders

Author: Adriana Handra-Luca, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: `10 November 2017, last major update October 2012

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PubMed Search: Trachea diphtheria

Cite this page: Handra-Luca, A. Diphtheria. website. Accessed June 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • 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 nonimmunized children (Vestn Otorinolaringol 1995;(2):31)
Case reports
Gross images

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6 year old child's trachea
and major bronchi with mucosa
damaged by toxin produced by
Corynebacterium diphtheriae