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?
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 10:20 PM