This 40 year-old patient reported 5 days of dental pain and was initially referred for treatment of a dental abscess.
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Fortunately, the degree of oral swelling was quickly recognized to be something else - Ludwig’s angina, a potentially life-threatening disease. Ludwig’s angina is an aggressive, rapidly spreading cellulitis of the tissues in the jaw and neck. It requires rapid treatment to prevent airway obstruction, asphyxia, and aspiration pneumonia.
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