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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Ludwig’s Angina

St. Emlyn´s - January 09, 2021 - By  Pete Hulme
..."Ludwig’s angina is a cellulitis of the floor of the mouth and soft tissues of the neck. If left untreated it can rapidly lead to an airway obstruction and death with an untreated mortality as high as 50% and mortality 8% for treated disease. The condition is named after the German physician Karl Freidrich Wilhelm von Ludwig who first described the disease in 1836. The angina part of the name comes from the latin word angere which means ‘to strangle’ which is appropriate as the airway swelling would certainly feel like strangulation..."