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Acute macroglossia in the pediatric patient: worth a look.
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PMID:  21975495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Macroglossia is defined as an enlarged tongue that in the resting position protrudes beyond the alveolar ridge or teeth. Macroglossia may be a chronic, indolent phenomenon or may be acute. We present a case of acute traumatic macroglossia in a pediatric patient following accidental self-application of an orthodontic elastic band. The 5-year-old patient presented with swelling of the anterior portion of the tongue unassociated with upper airway obstruction. The diagnosis was delayed until the patient was in the operating room under general anesthesia for repair of a presumed traumatic laceration, 3 weeks after her initial presentation. A thorough history may not reveal the cause of acute macroglossia. Examination under sedation may be necessary to establish a definitive diagnosis.
Janae L Maher; Raman C Mahabir; Lance A Read
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1535-1815     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  948-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the Divisions of *Plastic Surgery and †Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery, Scott & White and Texas A&M Health Science Center, Temple, TX.
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