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Fissured tongue - Oral Mucosal Lesion
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Fissured tongue - Oral Mucosal Lesion

Contributors: Carl Allen DDS, MSD, Sook-Bin Woo MS, DMD, MMSc
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Synopsis

Fissured tongue is a relatively common condition characterized by the presence of numerous grooves or fissures on the dorsal surface of the tongue. Heredity, aging, and/or environmental factors may play a role in its development. The condition primarily affects adults, with prevalence and severity increasing with age. The condition is mostly asymptomatic. Patients who have geographic tongue often have fissured tongue as well, which may account for a burning or irritated feeling in some patients. The condition may be present from months to years.

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ICD10CM:
K14.5 – Plicated tongue

SNOMEDCT:
52368004 – Fissured tongue

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Last Updated:06/20/2021
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Fissured tongue - Oral Mucosal Lesion
A medical illustration showing key findings of Fissured tongue : Dorsal tongue, Scrotal-fissured tongue
Clinical image of Fissured tongue - imageId=247783. Click to open in gallery.  caption: 'A deep central furrow with smaller, shallower furrows branching off it on the central tongue. Note also the white plaques (superimposed candidiasis). '
A deep central furrow with smaller, shallower furrows branching off it on the central tongue. Note also the white plaques (superimposed candidiasis). 
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