Tongue, Fissured

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Furrowed Tongue
  • Lingua Fissurata
  • Lingua Plicata
  • Lingua Scrotalis
  • Plicated Tongue
  • Scrotal Tongue
  • Cerebriform Tongue
  • Grooved Tongue

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

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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Resources

Smell and Taste Center
University of Pennsylvania
5 Ravdin Building
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: (215)662-6580
Fax: (215)349-5266
Email: helene.katz@uphs.upenn.edu
Internet: http://www.med.upenn.edu/stc

NIH/National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse
1 NOHIC Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3500
USA
Tel: (301)402-7364
Fax: (301)907-8830
TDD: (301)656-7581
Email: nohic@nidcr.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nohic.nidcr.nih.gov

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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