Friday, July 13, 2007

Answer: VizD Image Challenge Week of 7/9/2007

Despite many close entries, there was NO WINNER for this week's VizD.

Therefore, the pot doubles to $10

A 62-year-old woman presents to your ED complaining of neck pain, difficulty swallowing, and drooling. She states that three days prior she underwent a dental procedure for an infected tooth.

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1. What is the name of this condition?
What is the most dangerous complication of this condition?
What is the treatment for this condition?


1. Ludwig's angina
2. Airway compromise
3. Antibiotics, Surgical drainage

More on Ludwig's Angina can be found at:
Journal of Emergency Medicine Vol 13 Issue 4; 1995. pgs 499-503

Modern dental care and use of antibiotics for oral infections have made Ludwig's angina rare. To avoid acute airway obstruction, emergency physicians must be able to rapidly recognize and treat this condition. A typical case of Ludwig's angina is presented, followed by a review of clinical findings and therapeutic modalities. Emphasis is made on airway management, antibiotics, and surgical drainage.
The next VizD will be posted on Monday July 16

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1 comment:

girlvet said...

Yuk. Why is everything having to do with the mouth medically so nasty?