“Air” on the side of caution: The importance of early recognition and intervention in Ludwig’s angina

Sallie M. Long, Talha Demirci, Stacy R. Kruse


Ludwig’s angina is a deep neck infection of the supramylohyoid and inframylohyoid spaces. Without prompt recognition and intervention, it can progress to airway compromise with significant morbidity and mortality. Although otolaryngologists and oral surgeons are well-versed in this condition, it is vital that physicians across all specialties are knowledgeable about the presentation and basic treatment of this potentially fatal condition. Here we report a case of Ludwig’s angina in a 29-year-old male that was successfully managed with both medical and surgical intervention. We also aim to describe the presentation and treatment of Ludwig’s angina in order to increase awareness in non-surgical fields.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/crim.v5n3p40


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