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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Large Tongue (Overview)

A "large" tongue is one that cannot be easily kepp inside the mouth with lips closed. It is important to differentitate between a tongue that is truly large and one that protrudes form the mouth because of poor muscle control. A true large tongue is often associated with tooth and jaw deformity. Tongues may be large due to tumors, vascular malformations, overgrowth syndromes or storage diseases.


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Can a large tongue cause a lisp?

Can a large tongue cause a lisp?

Yes: If you have a large tongue, it sometimes will have motility problems and may interfere with normal speech. Speech therapy may still help. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
8 doctors shared insights

Large Tongue (Overview)

A "large" tongue is one that cannot be easily kepp inside the mouth with lips closed. It is important to differentitate between a tongue that is truly large and one that protrudes form the mouth because of poor muscle control. A true large tongue is often associated with tooth and jaw deformity. Tongues may be large due to tumors, vascular malformations, overgrowth syndromes or storage diseases.


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Does a large tongue mean downs?

Does a large tongue mean downs?

No.: A large tongue does not mean down syndrome. Lots of normal people have large tongues. Believe it or not, people with down syndrome don't have large tongues, they have small mouths! large tongue can be a part of other syndromes, but there are many other findings also. ...Read more

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If have large tongue and also have tongue thrust disorder. Would glossectomy be treatment?

If have large tongue and also have tongue thrust disorder. Would glossectomy be treatment?

No.: Common causes of tongue thrust include allergies, enlarged tonsils/adenoids, thumb/finger sucking, or a tongue anchored to the floor of the mouth. Heredity, neurological and/or muscular problems may contribute. Have an ENT physician evaluate this and then move toward occupational/physical therapy resources if surgery is not for you. ...Read more

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Does a large tongue mean downs?

No.: A large tongue does not mean down syndrome. Lots of normal people have large tongues. Believe it or not, people with down syndrome don't have large tongues, they have small mouths! large tongue can be a part of other syndromes, but there are many other findings also. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: large tongue?

What is the definition or description of: large tongue?

Not inside mouth: A "large" tongue is one that cannot be easily kepp inside the mouth with lips closed. It is important to differentitate between a tongue that is truly large and one that protrudes form the mouth because of poor muscle control. A true large tongue is often associated with tooth and jaw deformity. Tongues may be large due to tumors, vascular malformations, overgrowth syndromes or storage diseases. ...Read more

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Can a large tongue cause a lisp?

Yes: If you have a large tongue, it sometimes will have motility problems and may interfere with normal speech. Speech therapy may still help. ...Read more

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Does a large tongue cause you to lisp?

Yes: If you have a large tongue, it sometimes will have motility problems and may interfere with normal speech. Speech therapy may still help. ...Read more

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Can I blame my lisp on large tongue?

Can I blame my lisp on large tongue?

Possibly but not ...: Not necessarily. Lisps have to do with tongue positioning when making certain sounds. Lisps can occur in the absence of a large tongue. See a speech language pathologist for evaluation of cause and possible correction. ...Read more

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Can I blame my lisp on my large tongue?

Yes: If you have a large tongue, it sometimes will have motility problems and may interfere with normal speech. ...Read more