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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 76-79

Ludwig's angina in a puerperant: A case report

1 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetric & Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria

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BDS, FWACS Uche Mgbeokere
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 1129, Enugu
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Ludwig's angina is a serious infection of the oral cavity and other soft tissues above the hyoid bone. It is associated with brawny indurations of the soft tissues, upward displacement of the tongue to the roof of the palate, and potential compromise of the upper airway. Carious or infected mandibular molars, virulent microorganisms and altered / compromised immunity such as occurs in pregnancy and puerperium, are risk factors. Antibiotics therapy, incision and drainage and in many cases creation of artificial airways are the corner stone in the treatment protocol of Ludwig's angina. In this report, we present a case of Ludwig's angina in a puerperant which was treated without creating artificial airway.

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