Diseases & Conditions


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Macroglossia


Synonyms of Macroglossia
  • Enlarged Tongue
  • Giant Tongue

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Congenital Macroglossia


General Discussion
Macroglossia is the abnormal enlargement of the tongue. In rare cases, macroglossia occurs as an isolated finding that is present at birth (congenital). In many cases, macroglossia may occur secondary to a primary disorder that may be either congenital (e.g., Down syndrome or Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome) or acquired (e.g., as a result of trauma or malignancy). Symptoms and physical findings associated with macroglossia may include noisy, high-pitched breathing (stridor), snoring, and/or feeding difficulties. In some cases, the tongue may protrude from the mouth. When inherited, macroglossia is transmitted as an autosomal dominant genetic trait.

Organizations related to Macroglossia
  • NIH/National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse
    1 NOHIC Way
    Bethesda MD 20892-3500
    Phone #: 301-402-7364
    800 #: --
    e-mail: nohic@nidcr.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.nohic.nidcr.nih.gov
  • Smell and Taste Center
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia PA 19104
    Phone #: 215-662-6580
    800 #: --
    e-mail: helene.katz@uphs.upenn.edu
    Home page: http://www.med.upenn.edu/stc



For a Complete Report

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