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Med Princ Pract. 2014;23(2):167-9. doi: 10.1159/000351799. Epub 2013 Nov 12.

A case of pigmented fungiform papillae of the tongue in a Middle Eastern woman.

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Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Health Sciences Centre, Kuwait University, Jabriya, Kuwait.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report a case of pigmented fungiform papillae on the tongue.

CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND INTERVENTION:

A 29-year-old female presented with patchy pigmented areas on her tongue of 2 years' duration. Examination of the tongue showed pigmentation confined to the fungiform papillae on the dorsum of the tongue. She was healthy and was not taking any medications and hence a diagnosis of pigmented fungiform papillae was considered. The patient was reassured of the benign nature of this condition and no treatment was given. However, a 6-month follow-up was suggested.

CONCLUSION:

Clinicians should be aware of this benign variant of lingual pigmentation to avoid confusion with pathological conditions and also to avoid unnecessary investigative procedures.

PMID:
24246640
PMCID:
PMC5586845
DOI:
10.1159/000351799
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