The tongue in clinical diagnosis

Roy S. Rogers, A. J. Bruce

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Patients frequently present complaining of tongue abnormalities. Knowledge of normal tongue anatomy and architecture will enable the clinician to differentiate variations of normal from abnormal conditions. Many tongue conditions are benign and require reassurance and explanation, with little to no treatment. Others can signify systemic disorders. Therefore, examination of the tongue is an integral part of a complete physical examination. Recognizing the disorders of the tongue that are benign and do not require treatment or further evaluation will prevent unnecessary testing for the patient. On the other hand, careful evaluation of the tongue may provide valuable clues to a systemic disorder including myeloma-associated systemic amyloidosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-259
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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