Image of the Week: Tongue enlargement - Clinical Advisor

Image of the Week: Tongue enlargement

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This magnetic resonance image (MRI) shows a rare complication of oral surgery. The massive enlargement of this young patient’s tongue was thought to be caused by lymphatic obstruction.

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 In this case, the swelling had caused complete airway occlusion, so a tracheostomy was performed. Eventually, the tongue may be partially resected to restore patency.To see more cases like this, visit Figure 1.

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 In this case, the swelling had caused complete airway occlusion, so a tracheostomy was performed. Eventually, the tongue may be partially resected to restore patency.

To see more cases like this, visit Figure 1.

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