What are the signs and symptoms of submandibular abscess in acute sialadenitis?

Updated: May 12, 2020
  • Author: Adi Yoskovitch, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Infection of the submandibular gland can result in the formation of a submandibular abscess. In this state, the patient may appear toxic, with features similar to acute submandibular sialadenitis. Spiking fevers are not uncommon. This is a serious condition requiring strict attention because of the possibility that the abscess may spread to involve other deep neck spaces of the neck. Trismus may be indicative of parapharyngeal involvement. Progression to Ludwig angina, a life-threatening infection of the submental and sublingual spaces, although rare, can occur.

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