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Dr. Jeffrey Marsh
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Enlarged Tongue (Overview)

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


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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)

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


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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