Ludwig's angina and airway considerations: A case report

Anand H. Kulkarni, Swarupa D. Pai, Basant Bhattarai, Sumesh T. Rao, M. Ambareesha

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Abstract

Introduction: Patients with deep neck infections present challenging airways for an anesthesiologist. Patients with Ludwig's angina may die as a result of the inability to effectively manage the airway.

Case presentation: Here we discuss the anesthetic management with fiberoptic intubation of a 45-year-old man with Ludwig's angina scheduled for emergency drainage.

Conclusion: Awake fiberoptic intubation under topical anesthesia may be the ideal method to secure the airway in advanced cases of Ludwig's angina. When fiberoptic bronchoscopy is not feasible, not available or has failed, an awake tracheostomy may be the preferred option.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19
JournalCases Journal
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20-06-2008
Externally publishedYes

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Ludwig's Angina
Intubation
Tracheostomy
Bronchoscopy
Anesthetics
Drainage
Emergencies
Neck
Anesthesia
Infection

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Kulkarni, A. H., Pai, S. D., Bhattarai, B., Rao, S. T., & Ambareesha, M. (2008). Ludwig's angina and airway considerations: A case report. Cases Journal, 1(1), [19]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-1626-1-19
Kulkarni, Anand H. ; Pai, Swarupa D. ; Bhattarai, Basant ; Rao, Sumesh T. ; Ambareesha, M. / Ludwig's angina and airway considerations : A case report. In: Cases Journal. 2008 ; Vol. 1, No. 1.
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Kulkarni, AH, Pai, SD, Bhattarai, B, Rao, ST & Ambareesha, M 2008, 'Ludwig's angina and airway considerations: A case report', Cases Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, 19. https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-1626-1-19

Ludwig's angina and airway considerations : A case report. / Kulkarni, Anand H.; Pai, Swarupa D.; Bhattarai, Basant; Rao, Sumesh T.; Ambareesha, M.

In: Cases Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, 19, 20.06.2008.

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Kulkarni AH, Pai SD, Bhattarai B, Rao ST, Ambareesha M. Ludwig's angina and airway considerations: A case report. Cases Journal. 2008 Jun 20;1(1). 19. https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-1626-1-19