Ludwig's angina (odontogenic cellulitis) carried a mortality rate greater than 54% before the antibiotic era of medicine.1 In the past 30 years, its frequency and severity have decreased, but reports of severe complications (including death) still appear in the literature.2,3 We describe a case of Ludwig's angina in which early recognition of clues led to the diagnosis and resulted in prompt resolution, thus preventing surgical intervention and severe complications.
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