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It is possible that the main title of the report Tongue, Fissured is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
- Furrowed Tongue
- Lingua Fissurata
- Lingua Plicata
- Lingua Scrotalis
- Plicated Tongue
- Scrotal Tongue
- Cerebriform Tongue
- Grooved Tongue
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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