Year : 2014 | Volume : 2 | Issue : 1 | Page : 42 - 44  

Case Reports
Ludwig’s Angina in Children – Case Report

ChiyaduPadmini1, K. Yellamma Bai2, K. R. Parameshwar Reddy3

1Senior lecturer, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive dentistry, Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences. 2Principal,Professor and Head of the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive dentistry, Malla Reddy College of dental sciences for women. 3Senior lecturer,Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial surgery, Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences.


Ludwig’s angina is a potentially life-threatening, rapidly spreading, bilateral cellulitis of the submandibular spaces. It uncommonly occurs in adults and children and its early recognition is paramount especially in children due respiratory obstruction by neck swelling. With early diagnosis, airway observation and management, aggressive intravenous antibiotic therapy, and judicious surgical intervention, this disease should resolve without any complications. Here, we report a case of Ludwig’s angina in a 14-year-old girl. We also review the relevant anatomy and discuss the clinical presentation and current management of this disease.

Key words: Ludwig's angina, caries, airway, and children.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Chiyadu Padmini, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. Malla Redyy Institute of Dental Sciences. Email:


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