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Ludwig’s angina

  • Definition

    Ludwig's angina is an infection of the floor of the mouth underneath the tongue that is due to bacteria.

    Alternative Names

    Submandibular space infection; Sublingual space infection

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Ludwig's angina is a type of cellulitis that involves the floor of the mouth, under the tongue. It often occurs after an infection of the roots of the teeth (such as tooth abscess) or a mouth injury.

    This condition is uncommon in children.