Case Report

Ludwig’s angina - an emergency complication arising from delayed dental treatment: the experience in a Nigerian tertiary institution

Thomas Owobu, Edugie Ekuase, Oba O. Azah, Sulaiman S. Adamu, Babatunde O. Bamgbose

Thomas Owobu
Department of Dental and Maxillofacial, Federal Medical Center, Nguru, Yobe State

Edugie Ekuase
Department of Chemistry and Forensic Sciences, Savannah State University, Georgia

Oba O. Azah
Department of Dental and Maxillofacial, Federal Medical Center, Nguru, Yobe State

Sulaiman S. Adamu
Department of Dental and Maxillofacial, Federal Medical Center, Nguru, Yobe State

Babatunde O. Bamgbose
Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Bayero University Kano, Kano. Email: drtundebamgbose@yahoo.com
Online First: August 01, 2020 | Cite this Article
Owobu, T., Ekuase, E., Azah, O., Adamu, S., Bamgbose, B. 2020. Ludwig’s angina - an emergency complication arising from delayed dental treatment: the experience in a Nigerian tertiary institution. Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science 5(2): 129-133. DOI:10.15562/jdmfs.v5i2.1082


Objective: The aim of this paper was to report two cases and management of Ludwig’s angina in a Nigerian tertiary health facilty.

Methods: Ludwig’s angina is an acute onset, potentially life-threatening surgical emergency in young adults that presents with rapidly expanding, diffuse inflammation of the submandibular and sublingual spaces, mostly from odontogenic infections.

Results: One of the sequelae is airway compromise. Given the sparse health facilities and poor access to health, we observed an increasing rate of Ludwig’s angina secondary to odontogenic infections in our practice. We present two cases of Ludwig’s Angina arising from delayed dental treatment.

Conclusion: Socioeconomic status and unrest due to insurgency have hampered early presentation and management

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