Thursday, August 19, 2010

Answer to Medical Challenge


The answer to yesterday's image and patient case was #3-Ludwig's angina.  Ludwig's angina is an infectious process involving the submental (chin), Sublingual (under tongue) and submandibular (under the jaw) spaces. The bacterial cause is usually strept.  It can rapidly progress and is considered a medical emergency because it can affect the breathing and airway.

The term angina means "strangling".  Whilhelm Fredrich von Ludwig first described the condition in 1836.

Aren't we all smarter now?

16 comments:

CarenC said...

I thought so! Thanks, I really like these quizzes.

gradydoctor said...

Woo hoo! I passed! :)

tracy said...

Cool to learn the meaning of angina!

tracy said...

i thought it looked much like a severe case of Grave's Disease.....

Toni Brayer, MD said...

tracy: Good thought. usually Graves doesn't cause skin redness (also known as cellullitis) but the enlarged thyroid can make the entire neck look full just like this.

tracy said...

Thanks, Dr. Brayer. i guess it's 'cause i had it...and a "Thyroid Storm"...cue lighting...! ;)

What is the medical term for thyroid storm?

Toni Brayer, MD said...

tracy: thyroid storm. No fancy medical words for it.

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