clinical features

Last reviewed 01/2018

The clinical features characteristic of Vincent's angina:

  • most common in young patients who are generally run down

  • poor oral hygiene

  • smoker

  • abrupt onset of:
    • gingival pain and bleeding
    • foul metallic taste
    • halitosis
    • enlarged, tender cervical lymph nodes
    • fever, malaise, anorexia
    • oral examination reveals punched-out, ragged gingival ulceration
    • if the pharyngeal mucosa is also inflamed, then this defines Vincent's angina