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Tongue, Fissured


Synonyms of Tongue, Fissured
  • Cerebriform Tongue
  • Furrowed Tongue
  • Grooved Tongue
  • Lingua Fissurata
  • Lingua Plicata
  • Lingua Scrotalis
  • Plicated Tongue
  • Scrotal Tongue

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Fissured tongue is a benign condition that is sometimes referred to as scrotal or plicated tongue. It is characterized by numerous shallow or deep grooves or furrows (fissures) on the back (dorsal) surface of the tongue. The surface furrows may differ in size and depth, radiate outward, and cause the tongue to have a wrinkled appearance. The condition may be evident at birth (congenital) or become apparent during childhood or later. Reports suggest that the frequency and severity of fissured tongue appear to increase with age.

    In some cases, fissured tongue may develop in association with infection or malnutrition. In other affected individuals, it may occur with certain underlying syndromes or may be a familial condition, suggesting autosomal dominant inheritance.
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    Organizations related to Tongue, Fissured
    • 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



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