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Eur J Pediatr Surg. 1993 Apr;3(2):110-1.

Heterotopic gastric cyst of the tongue in a newborn.

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  • 1Children's Research Centre, Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland.


Gastrointestinal heterotopia in the tongue is a rare condition. A male newborn was noted to have a cystic swelling in the anterior part of the dorsum of the tongue. This was surgically excised. Histology revealed it to be a heterotopic gastrointestinal cyst. A literature review was undertaken because of the rarity of this lesion. As most of these cysts are present from birth, they are likely to be developmental in origin.

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