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Ann Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Jul;3(2):167-72. doi: 10.4103/2231-0746.119230.

Reduction glossectomy for large tongues.

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Director, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Abstract

Pathological enlargement of tongue is caused by several conditions and diseases. In several instances, surgery remains the only viable option for complete cure. Persistent bleeding, compromised neuro-motor-sensory functions during the postoperative period are the most common complaints encountered after macroglossia correction. The tongue is a muscular organ, whose complex neuroanatomy is being unraveled slowly. Various types of macroglossia resections in unique clinical situations have been proposed by several clinicians till date. There has never been unanimously accepted resection for the treatment of macroglossia. This review article attempts to preview the cosmetic and functional components for resection designs.

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Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome; macroglossia; neuroanatomy; tongue musculature; tongue resection

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