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Ludwig’s Angina Negligence | Deltona Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Signs of Ludwig’s Angina Negligence

One Tuesday morning, a diabetic man visited his dentist to have his bottom left third molar pulled because it was abscessed (meaning infected) and unsalvageable.

Though this man exhibited three classic risk factors for heightened risk of contracting Ludwig’s angina, his dentist failed to prescribe antibiotics to prevent the infection that he already had from worsening or spreading.

On Wednesday, the man complained of severe pain, swelling and difficulty swallowing – all classic signs of Ludwig’s angina. After examining the man and finding obvious swelling, the dentist prescribed penicillin.

On Thursday, the man again tells his dentist the pain is severe and not improving. However, the dentist does not examine the man. The dentist only tells him to wait and let the penicillin work. However, that night, the man was rushed to the emergency room because he experienced difficulty breathing.

The ER correctly diagnosed him with Ludwig’s angina. By that time, doctors had to perform an emergency tracheotomy to allow the man to breath. Complications from the surgery and the infection kept the man in the hospital for two months. Severe scarring has kept the man on a feeding tube.

Ignoring classic signs that a person is at an elevated risk of developing Ludwig’s angina and then ignoring classic signs that the same high-risk person is suffering from Ludwig’s angina almost always falls below the standard of care. Dentists have a duty to recognize those signs and symptoms and treat them promptly and appropriately.

To learn more about Ludwig’s angina, read this Florida medical malpractice attorney FAQ.

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