Drooling of Saliva with Displaced Tongue in An Infant
Keywords:Ludwig’s angina, odontogenic infection, infant, submandibular space
Ludwig’s angina (LA) is a potentially life-threatening disease described as cellulitis of the submandibular space. There are many causes of LA with the odontogenic cause being the commonest among children and adults. In the pre-antibiotics era, LA is known to be fatal with mortality rates surpassing 50%. However, with antibiotics and surgical intervention, the mortality rate has significantly reduced. We report a case of an 11-month-old infant who presented with high-grade fever, right submandibular region swelling, drooling of saliva and limited neck movement. Prompt diagnosis and airway management was required and the child underwent a successful recovery. The presentation, aetiology, management and complications are discussed.
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