Diagnosis of Croup

In most cases, croup is diagnosed based on a description of the child's cough and other symptoms (e.g., viral infection that causes runny nose, fever, etc.) and a physical examination. During the exam, the physician listens to the child's breathing and examines his or her throat. If the physician suspects that an inhaled object is causing croup, an x-ray of the throat area may be performed.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 27 Aug 2008

Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015