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Geographic tongue

Other Names for this Disease
  • Benign migratory glossitis
  • Ectopic geographic tongue
  • Erythema migrans
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What symptoms are seen in geographic tongue?

The lesions seen in geographic tongue resemble those of psoriasis. Most patients do not experience symptoms. It has been estimated that about 5% of individuals who have geographic tongue complain of sensitivity to hot or spicy foods when the their lesions are active. [1]
Last updated: 7/9/2013

  1. Rakel: Conn's Current Therapy 2007, 59th ed.. Saunders; 2007;