A tongue ulcer
Aryť Weinberg, Ralf Siegert
Received: 29 Jan 2018 - Accepted: 07 May 2018 - Published: 16 May 2018
Domain: Stomatology,Dermatology,Family Medicine
Keywords: Tongue ulcer, pressure ulcer, sharp tooth surface
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Cite this article: Aryť Weinberg et al. A tongue ulcer. Pan African Medical Journal. 2018;30:31. [doi: 10.11604/pamj.2018.30.31.15007]
Available online at: https://www.panafrican-med-journal.com/content/article/30/31/full
A tongue ulcer
Aryť Weinberg1,&, Ralf Siegert1
1Prosper-Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Recklinghausen, Germany
Aryť Weinberg, Prosper-Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Recklinghausen, Germany
An 86-year-old man presented with a painful lesion on his left tongue measuring 0.6 x 0.6mm (A). The lesion has been growing over the last 2 weeks. The patient did not remember any trauma except that his teeth did sometimes scratch his tongue. Histology form the excised lesion revealed a pressure ulcer (B). Tongue ulcers can be caused by accidental bites, ill-fitting dentures, braces, citrus or acidic fruits and by a sharp tooth surface. In some other cases nutritional problems such as vitamin B12, iron or folic acid deficiency may cause tongue ulcers. Never the less malignancy needs to be excluded. Therefore, complete excision and diagnosis based on histology is recommended.
Figure 1: A) tongue lesion; B) pressure ulcer