J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg.  2003 Jun;29(3):191-194.

Central tongue reduction for macroglossia

Abstract

Macroglossia can cause dentomusculoskeletal deformities, instability of orthodontic and orthognathic surgical treatment, and create masticatory, speech and airway management problems. To determine whether a reduction glossectomy is necessary, it will important to identify the signs and symptoms of macroglossia. Development of dentoskeletal changes directly related with tongue size, such as an anterior open bite or a Angle Class III malocclusion tendency, would indicate that reduction glossectomy may be beneficial. For reduction glossectomy, several techniques have been reported. However, in most techniques the tip of tongue is removed. So its excision causes the loss of most mobile and sensitive portion of the tongue, and creates ankylosed, globular tongue. To avoid such problems, central tongue reduction technique have been proposed. This article will introduce central tongue reduction for anterior openbite case associated with macroglossia.

Keyword

Macroglossia; Glossectomy; Anterior openbite

MeSH Terms

Airway Management
Congenital Abnormalities
Glossectomy
Macroglossia*
Malocclusion
Malocclusion, Angle Class III
Open Bite
Tongue*
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