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Dr. Jeffrey Marsh
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Enlarged Tongue (Overview)

An enlarged tongue is a clinical finding in which the tongue is larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can occur with allergies, infections, cancers, and other conditions.


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Is it possible for a person to suffer from an enlarged tongue?

Is it possible for a person to suffer from an enlarged tongue?

Yes: Macroglossia is the term for an unusually large tongue. An abnormally large tongue can cause an individual to have speech problems, problems eating, as well as potential airway problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Marsh
18 doctors shared insights

Enlarged Tongue (Overview)

An enlarged tongue is a clinical finding in which the tongue is larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can occur with allergies, infections, cancers, and other conditions.


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What could it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae?

What could it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae?

Not much: I look at peoples mouths and tongues all day long and i've seen all types of tongues with all types of papilla. There is a huge variety of what is normal and as long as the tongue is not painful or in other ways bothering you there's nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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My tongue is a white colour and i don't know how to get rid of it?

Probably normal: Having a white coating on the tongue surface is usually just debris caught in the papillae (bumps) of the surface. Scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper regularly can reduce this. Another possibility is that you have a fungal infection of your mouth and the white coating is fungal growth. In that case you need to be treated with an anti-fungal medication. See your dentist to find out. ...Read more

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Enlarged tongue help?

Enlarged tongue help?

Enlarged tongue: The tongue is a very interesting organ. It's really nothing more than a large muscle. It tends to accommodate whatever space it is given. It's size is related to your teeth and your bite. Large tongues are usually caused by a large open bite, where the tongue fills the space between the teeth, or also by having no teeth (edentulous) to contain the tongue. It can be corrected surgically. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Enlarged tongue?

What is the definition or description of: Enlarged tongue?

Definition: A tongue that is larger than normal. See ENT doc or oral surgeon for exam. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to suffer from an enlarged tongue?

Yes: Macroglossia is the term for an unusually large tongue. An abnormally large tongue can cause an individual to have speech problems, problems eating, as well as potential airway problems. ...Read more

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What can you do when you suffer from having an enlarged tongue?

What can you do when you suffer from having an enlarged tongue?

Nothing or surgery.: There is no medication to make the tongue smaller. There are surgical procedures to make the tongue smaller but they are done only for problems with speaking, breathing, drooling, and dental development. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a baby has enlarged tongue that thrusts. Sticks out?

What does it mean if a baby has enlarged tongue that thrusts. Sticks out?

Macroglossia: This is the technical term for an enlarged tongue. Its cause is unknown. The baby may grow as it were around his/her own tongue. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a enlarged tongue and a big head?

Probably nothing.: It probably doesn't mean anything, but there is such a thing as an "overgrowth syndrome" and the most common one is beckwith-wiedemann syndrome. There are usually other findings such as a large lower jaw, and some problems during the newborn period. ...Read more

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On ultrasound my baby had enlarged tongue. Im afraid to ask what that could mean. They werent sure.?

On ultrasound my baby had enlarged tongue. Im afraid to ask what that could mean. They werent sure.?

Macroglossia: Congenital macroglossia has many possible causes: down syndrome, gargoylism, muscle hypertrophy, gland hyperplasia, hemangiomas/lymhangiomas, trisomy 22, laband syndrome, lingual thyroid etc..And many more...If it were large enough of a concern, I am sure you would have been told. If you are curious, u should ask, but seemingly your doc was not concerned... Congrats on your pregnancy and good luck. ...Read more

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What could it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae?

Not much: I look at peoples mouths and tongues all day long and i've seen all types of tongues with all types of papilla. There is a huge variety of what is normal and as long as the tongue is not painful or in other ways bothering you there's nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What could it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae and no other symptoms?

Probably nothing: Certain papillae of the tongue are normally larger than others, in particular the circumvallate papillae in the back of the tongue. If there are no taste disorders or other abnormalities its more than likely a normal variant. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae with no other symptoms?

You are normal: Be thankful. It sounds normal to me. Have it looked at and evaluated just to be sure or if you have any other questions. ...Read more

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Can an enlarged tongue be caused by hypothyroid if hormone tests normal levels?

See MD: Persistently enlarged tongue can be caused by a number of disorders including, Down Syndrome, cretinism, hypothyroidism, multiple myeloma, acromegaly, amyloidosis, sarcoidosis and superior vena cava syndrome. It can also be idiopathic (no known cause). See MD for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can be done for baby with swollen tongue and enlarged organs?

What can be done for baby with swollen tongue and enlarged organs?

See pedaitrician: Has the pediatrician seen your baby? If not, he is the first choice for evaluation and referral if needed. ...Read more

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What causes tongue swelling?

Many things: Dr. Kwok's answer is thorough. Keep in mind tongue swelling *can* be a life threatening problem if severe. If you have severe swelling, feel like you are having trouble breathing, call 911 or head to the er. If you take an ace-inhibitor (lisinopril or other -pril medicine) make sure you get this checked out asap as those medicines can cause a very rare but serious allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What is causing my tongue swelling?

Many possibilities: I would recommend seeing your doctor so that you can be tested for possible causes of angioedema. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble swallowing and swollen tongue?

I'm having trouble swallowing and swollen tongue?

Need evaluation: Trouble swallowing and a swollen tongue are two findings that need immediate evaluation to prevent a more serious problem from occurring. Would suggest you either see your dentist or family physician who can evaluate and treat you, or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How can I heal a swollen tongue?

How can I heal a swollen tongue?

Why?: Why is it swollen? To heal tongue really have to determine the cause of the swelling. Call your dentist for an examination. In the meantime, salt water rinses 3x/day. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more