Ludwig angina


Ludwig angina: rapidly progressive gangrenous bilateral cellulitis of the submandibular space with risk of life-threatening airway compromise


1836 – Wilhem Frederick von Ludwig was the first to clearly describe this disorder and differentiate it from other types of ‘inflammation’ in the neck.

His description was based on the observation of 5 patients with “gangrenous indurations of the connective tissues of the neck that advanced to involve the tissues that cover the small muscles between the larynx and the floor of the mouth”.

Associated Persons

Alternative names

  • Angina Ludovici


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