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Am J Med. 2002 Dec 15;113(9):751-5.

Benign migratory glossitis or geographic tongue: an enigmatic oral lesion.

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece. dassimak@cc.uoi.gr


Benign migratory glossitis, or geographic tongue, is usually an asymptomatic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology that affects the epithelium of the tongue. Local loss of filiform papillae leads to ulcer-like lesions that rapidly change the color and size. Histopathologic findings parallel the clinical appearance, and may have a psoriasiform pattern. The disorder is characterized by exacerbations and remissions. In most cases, patients do not require treatment other than reassurance about the benign nature of the disorder.

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