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May 1982

Clues for the Early Diagnosis of Ludwig's Angina

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Dr Bates) and Internal Medicine (Drs Taylor and Causey), University of Mississippi School of Medicine; and the Department of Oral Surgery, University of Mississippi School of Dentistry (Dr Mainous), Jackson.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(5):986-987. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340180144025

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.