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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2013, Article ID 974269, 4 pages
Case Report

Ludwig’s Angina: The Original Angina

Division of Maxillofacial Surgery, Northwick Park Hospital, Northwick Park, London HA1 3UJ, UK

Received 15 February 2013; Accepted 11 April 2013

Academic Editors: G. Rallis and C. Suárez Nieto

Copyright © 2013 Karim Kassam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ludwig’s angina was first detailed by the German surgeon Wilhelm Friedrich von Ludwig in 1836. We present a case which needed awake fibreoptic intubation due to severe trismus and a prolonged period intubated in the Intensive Care Unit after incision and drainage of neck spaces and removal of his lower wisdom teeth. He was finally discharged a week after admission and followed up in the outpatient clinic. The case is presented with clinical photographs and a video of the fibreoptic intubation to illustrate the airway.