Ludwig's angina


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Related to Ludwig's angina: cellulitis, Vincent's angina

Ludwig's angina

[′ləd‚wigz ′an·jə·nə]
(medicine)
Acute streptococcal cellulitis of the floor of the mouth.
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A total of 23 cases which involved deaths from acute upper airway obstruction in the postoperative period were identified, of which three occurred following extubation after surgical drainage of dental abscess and Ludwig's angina.
Ludwig's angina displaces the tongue and interferes with this mechanism.
The four cardinal signs of Ludwig's angina are bilateral infection in more than one space; gangrene with serosanguineous infiltration; involvement of the connective tissue, fasciae, and muscles but not the glandular structures; and spread by continuity, not by lymphatics.
Over the next 24 hours, the typical swelling and discoloration of the neck were noted, and Ludwig's angina was confirmed by imaging studies.
Our review of the literature found only sporadic reports of unilateral sialadenitis as a cause of Ludwig's angina.
Snow et al (7) reported a case of Ludwig's angina that subsequently progressed to a mediastinal abscess.