Nov 13, 2017
Ankyloglossia is also known as a tongue tie. It is a result of a short frenulum. This issue is easily corrected if it interferes with eating and talking.
Macroglossia is a large tongue. This is one of the identifiable characteristics of Down's Syndrome. It is described as the tongue appears to be bigger than space in the mouth.
The tongue can appear extremely red and papillae are swollen to look like seeds on a strawberry. This is a symptom of several conditions.
White hairy tongue appears as patches on the sides of the tongue. It can happen when someone who is immunocompromised gets the Epstein-Barr Virus. (Epstein-Barr is a virus that causes mild childhood illness or a disease we know as Mono when teens and adults.)
Black hairy tongue is a little more obscure with a few possibilities of causes.
Motor Neuron Disease occurs in the later stages of ALS or Lou Gerig's Disease, when the nerves and muscles of the tongue for speech and swallowing become affected.
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