Angina Ludovici and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Angina ludovici is a serious, potentially life-threatening infection of the tissues of the floor of your mouth. It usually develops in adults who have bordering dental infections.
Angina ludovici is not the same thing as angina pectoris that is commonly known as angina. "Angina" is a word that is taken from the Greek word ankhon, meaning, "strangling".
Angina ludovici is used in reference to the feeling of strangling, not the feeling of chest pain. However, it is possible for you to experience chest pain with angina ludovici if the infection spreads into your retrosternal space.
Angina ludovici is a type of cellulitis that involves inflammation of the tissues of the floor of your mouth, which is under your tongue. Many times, it develops after a mouth injury or an infection of the roots of your teeth.
Angina ludovici usually results from a bacterial infection, like streptococci or staphylococci. There are also other bacteria that can cause this infection.
Angina ludovici seems to develop most often in people with a condition of lowered immunity, but it can occur in healthy individuals also. With the coming of antibiotics, angina ludovici has become a rare disease.
There are several different signs and symptoms that you may experience which may be an indication that you have angina ludovici. Some of these include:
- Swelling of your neck
- Neck pain
- Redness of your neck
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Swelling, pain and raising of your tongue
- General feeling of weakness or sickness (malaise)
- Swelling of the tissues of your sublingual and submandibular spaces
- Confusion or other mental changes
- In severe cases, difficulty in breathing.
There are important signs and symptoms to watch for with angina ludovici. These include when you are not able to swallow your own saliva and when you have audible difficulty in breathing. As mentioned at the beginning, angina ludovici can be life-threatening because the swelling of tissues develops quickly and may block your airway.