Fissured Tongue Clinical Presentation

Updated: May 14, 2018
  • Author: Robert D Kelsch, DMD; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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History

The lesions associated with fissured tongue are usually asymptomatic unless debris is entrapped within the fissure or when it occurs in association with geographic tongue (a common finding).

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Physical Examination

Upon clinical examination, fissured tongue affects the dorsum and often extends to the lateral borders of the tongue. The depth of the fissures varies but has been noted to be up to 6 mm in diameter. When particularly prominent, the fissures or grooves may be interconnected, separating the tongue dorsum into what may appear to be several lobules.

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Complications

Complications are not associated with the fissured tongue per se but are noted in association with the manifestations of Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome.

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