J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg.  1998 Jun;25(4):593-597.

A case of tongue volume measurement with the plaster tongue model for partial glossectomy in macroglossia

Abstract

The tongue is located inside the oral cavity at rest, and the structural interrelations between the tongue and the oral cavity is essentially important for normal tongue function. Macroglossia is clinically diagnosed whenever the tongue does not fit the oral cavity, thus patients complain of noisy breathing, drooling, speech and swallowing dysfunction, malocclusion, and social ridicule. Partial glossectomy for macroglossia volume has been assumed to be difficult. In this study, we attempted to measure the tongue volume with the plaster tongue model in a 7-year-old macroglossia patient. This method is reliable and simple for measuring the tongue volume in macroglossia.


MeSH Terms

Child
Deglutition
Glossectomy*
Humans
Macroglossia*
Malocclusion
Mouth
Respiration
Sialorrhea
Tongue*
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