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Diseases

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Macroglossia


Other Names for this Disease
  • Enlarged tongue
  • Giant tongue
  • Congenital macroglossia
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Treatment

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How might macroglossia be treated?

Medical therapy for macroglossia is useful when the underlying cause is identified, and the cause is medically treatable - such as hypothyroidism, infection, or amyloidosis. No medical treatments have been proven useful when the cause is unclear. Surgery to reduce the size of the tongue may be an option for people with macroglossia. Most studies have shown that surgical procedures for macroglossia lead to improved physical appearance, speech, chewing and feeding.[1]

More detailed information about the treatment options for macroglossia is available on Medscape Reference's Web site.
Last updated: 9/17/2015

References
  1. Talib Najjar. Macroglossia. Medscape Reference. March 25, 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/873658-overview.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • The Centers for Mendelian Genomics program is working to discover the causes of rare genetic disorders. For more information about applying to the research study, please visit their website.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Enlarged tongue
  • Giant tongue
  • Congenital macroglossia
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.