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Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2011 Sep 1;16(6):e745-9.

Tongue lesions in a Jordanian population. Prevalence, symptoms, subject's knowledge and treatment provided.

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Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan. darwazeh@just.edu.jo

Abstract

Tongue lesions constitute a considerable proportion of oral mucosal lesions, and are health concern to both oral health care providers and public.

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of tongue lesions and conditions among a group of Jordanian population attending dental clinics, in addition to assessment of their symptoms, knowledge, and treatment provided for their tongue lesions.

STUDY DESIGN:

A total of 2000 dental out-patients were screened for tongue lesions.

RESULTS:

Fissured tongue was the most common tongue lesion diagnosed in 11.5% of the subjects, followed by coated tongue (8.2%), geographic tongue (4.8%), hairy tongue (2.4%) and median rhomboid glossitis (0.5%). Symptoms were reported by 28% of the subjects with geographic tongue and 23% with fissured tongue. The majority of the subjects (ranging from 61.1%-86.4%) were neither aware about their tongue lesions nor worried about their prognosis. Less than 50% of those who were aware of their tongue lesions sought medical advice.

CONCLUSION:

The high prevalence of tongue lesions necessitates higher awareness of the general dental practitioner by their etiology, diagnosis and management.

PMID:
21196841
DOI:
10.4317/medoral.17098
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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