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Enlarged Tongue

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Enlarged tongue is also called as Macroglossia. It refers to abnormally large tumor.

  

Causes of enlarged tongue

  • Tongue conditions
  • Tongue infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Tongue cancer
  • Cystic hygroma
  • Macroglossia

Enlarged tongue

  • Pituitary gland over-secretion
  • Myxedema
  • Down syndrome
  • Amyloidosis
  • Gangliosidosis
  • Mongolism
  • Primary amyloidosis
  • Irritation due to dental plate
  • Irritation due to tooth decay
  • Epithelioma
  • Leukoplakia
  • Lipoma
  • Hemangioma 

Complications of Macroglossia

  • Feeding difficulty
  • Speech problems
  • Poor feeding
  • Jaw development abnormalities
  • Dental abnormalities
  • Ulcerated tongue tip

Treatment of Macroglossia

  • Tongue reduction surgery to protect the airway and to help in normal mastication
  • Tongue reduction help to optimize dental and oral cavity development.
  • Treatment of cause.