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Tongue, Geographic


Synonyms of Tongue, Geographic
  • Benign Migratory Glossitis
  • BMG
  • Erythema Areata Migrans
  • Erythema Migrans
  • Geographic Stomatitis
  • Wandering Rash Tongue

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Geographic tongue is a benign condition characterized by inflammation of the tongue (glossitis) that appears in a map-like (geographic) pattern. The normal tongue is covered by a layer of small bumps known as papillae. In affected individuals, certain areas of the tongue are missing these bumps. These affected areas usually appear as smooth, red or pink colored, degenerated (atrophic) patches. Geographic tongue tends to come and go ? it usually heals without treatment, but will recur again usually affecting a different area of the tongue. Most cases are not associated with any symptoms (asymptomatic) and the condition usually goes away without treatment. Geographic tongue is not associated with any long-term health complications in healthy individuals. The exact cause of geographic tongue is unknown.

    Organizations related to Tongue, Geographic
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • 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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