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Tongue Laceration.


StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019-.
2019 Apr 15.

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Baylor Scott & White
Baylor Scott and White Hospital


The tongue is a muscular organ essential to a person’s ability to communicate and to experience food via taste, chewing and swallowing. Injuries to the tongue, therefore, have a considerable impact on quality of life. Tongue lacerations can result from a variety of means including seizures, self-harm, blunt force facial trauma, oral trauma while intubated, and child abuse.[1][2][3]  There have also been reported cases during electroconvulsive therapy.[4] The use of electronic cigarettes has also led to explosions causing intraoral trauma.[5] The question of which tongue lacerations require repair and which can be allowed to heal by secondary intention is still a topic of debate.[6]

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