Median rhomboid glossitis - Oral Mucosal Lesion
It is found in 1% of adults. No significant sex predilection is noted.
In most instances, the condition is asymptomatic, although some patients may report a mild burning or itching sensation of the mid-posterior dorsal tongue.
The condition affects immunocompetent patients but can also present in the setting of immunosuppression, such as from HIV or diabetes.
Most examples are chronic, lasting months.
K14.0 – Glossitis
7522008 – Median rhomboid glossitis
Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls
- – While the micronodular, erythematous surface of median rhomboid glossitis may appear ominous, squamous cell carcinoma is quite rare on the dorsal tongue.
- / – These vascular malformations can occasionally involve the dorsal tongue mucosa, although a more vesicle-like appearance is typically noted with careful observation.