Common signs and symptoms of glossitis are:
Entire Body System
The patient's tongue pain resolved within 2 days, and all his lingual lesions had healed after 12 days of therapy; a post-treatment viral culture of the tongue was negative. [nejm.org]
The lesion is usually very painful, and there may be erosions present in the depths of the fissures. Similar fissured lesions which are not associated with HSV, as may occur in fissured tongue, do not tend to be painful. [en.wikipedia.org]
When unexpected oral inflammation and pain occur, the potential for drug-induced oral lesions should be considered. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Are you having difficulty eating or talking because of a painful tongue? Glossitis has nothing to do with your lips and everything to do with your tongue. Simply means inflamed tongue, and a painful tongue usually means its sore, red and swollen. [healthblurbs.com]
Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection
Tests for diagnosing herpes simplex virus and varicella-zoster virus infections. Dermatol Clin (in press). 2. Miller CS, Redding SW. Diagnosis and management of orofacial herpes simplex virus infections. Dent Clin North Am 1992 ;36: 879 - 895 3. [nejm.org]
However, recurrent infection of the tongue is exceptional and is restricted to immunocompromised individuals. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Alcoholism Sprue (celiac disease, or tropical sprue), secondary to nutritional deficiencies Crohn’s disease Whipple disease Glucagonoma syndrome Cowden disease Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) Carcinoid syndrome Kwashiorkor amyloidosis Veganism [en.wikipedia.org]
Jaw & Teeth
Lesion of the Tongue
Painful, tender, papular lesions on the tongue were observed in a 48-year-old woman seven days after initiation of doxepin and ampicillin therapy. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
DURING the meeting of the American Dermatological Association in Chicago in 1944, I presented at the clinical session a patient of mine with lesions on the tongue which were so unusual in character that a precise classification could not be made. [jamanetwork.com]
Available from: Median rhomboid glossitis is a diamond shaped, elevated, inflammatory lesion of the tongue, covered by smooth red mucosa. [jpgmonline.com]
Glossitis Symptoms Symptoms and signs of glossitis can include: Mouth pain or burning that affects entire mouth Oral lesions Mouth ulcer Tongue pain or tingling sensation Redness of the tongue Swelling of the tongue Hairy tongue – caused by taste buds [healthool.com]
These patches (lesions) give the tongue a map-like or geographic appearance. The lesions often heal in one area and then migrate to a different part of the tongue. This tongue ailment often arises due to a yeast infection. [naijafoodtherapy.com]
Convert to ICD-10-CM : 529.0 converts directly to: 2015/16 ICD-10-CM K14.0 Glossitis Approximate Synonyms Abscess of tongue Glossitis (tongue inflammation) Tongue abscess 529.0 Excludes Applies To Abscess of tongue Ulceration (traumatic) of tongue ICD [icd9data.com]
Oral HSV infections may have myriad forms, including crater-like ulcers with white, raised borders containing small vesicles; diffuse erythema mimicking bacterial mucositis; coalesced yellow papules resembling candidiasis; an isolated tongue ulceration [nejm.org]
Applicable To Abscess of tongue Ulceration (traumatic) of tongue Type 1 Excludes Type 1 Excludes Help A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". [icd10data.com]
[…] bright red plaques; it may then evolve into the atrophic form, noted as atrophy of the lingual papillae, affecting more than 50% of the tongue’s surface. 3 Reported oral symptoms include a burning sensation, pruritus, lingual paresthesia, glossodynia and dysgeusia [cmaj.ca]
[…] speaking Difficulty swallowing Pain and/or burning of the tongue Loss of taste sensation (partial or complete) – inflammation may also disrupt the taste sensation leading to the perception of a bad taste in the mouth (cacogeusia) and other taste disorders (dysgeusia [healthhype.com]
Code K14 Diseases of tongue 2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code Type 2 Excludes erythroplakia ( K13.29 ) focal epithelial hyperplasia ( K13.29 ) leukedema of tongue ( K13.29 ) leukoplakia of tongue ( K13.21 ) hairy leukoplakia ( K13.3 ) macroglossia [icd10data.com]
Macroglossia is an abnormal enlargement of the tongue compared with the mouth and jaws. [aafp.org]
Case Reports Patient 1 A 29-year-old man who was seropositive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was admitted with cryptococcal meningitis, and a morbilliform eruption presumed to be due to one of his medications subsequently developed. [nejm.org]
Oral anticoagulants Estrogens Phenytoin Quinidine Rifampin Statins Sucralfate Sildenafil Tacrolimus Terfenadine Tolteridine Warfarin Contraindications Hypersensitivity to ketoconazole Pregnancy and breast-feeding Fungal meningitis [medicalgeek.com]
A 57-year-old man with corticosteroid-dependent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and sciatica presented with a chronic median glossitis due to HSV-1. The main clinical and histological feature was massive necrosis of the entire mucosa. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Workup consists of a detailed history and physical examination.
- Laboratory tests are generally not required as a physical examination is sufficient to form a diagnosis.
- A swab and culture may be performed, if needed.
- Complete blood count
- Hemoglobin levels
- Imagined studies are not required.
Frequently no medical intervention is required because the lesion is benign and most often asymptomatic . However, Sigal and Mock reported treatment with topical and systemic antihistamines for geographic tongue . Depending on the etiology and type treatment may also include corticosteroids, antibiotics, antifungal medication. An underlying condition must be identified and treated accordingly.
The prognosis of glossitis is excellent. In most cases, it heals on its own and no treatment is required. In other cases, topical agents or oral antibiotics may be used, giving excellent results.
Glossitis is often a symptom of other conditions  such as:
- Irritants like tobacco, spicy food, etc.
- Allergic reactions to medicine or certain food items
- Allergic reaction to oral health products
- Injury to ill-fitting dental dentures or braces
- Hormonal disorders
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Sjogren syndrome
- Bacterial, viral or fungal infections, etc.
These conditions may go undiagnosed or untreated and may cause complications. Glossitis, on its own however, is not known to cause any complications.
Glossitis characterized by ulcerative lesions (sometimes along the lateral borders of the tongue), may also be seen with jagged various teeth, ill fitting dentures, and, rarely with syphilis, inhalation burns, or ingestion of corrosive chemicals .
Glossitis shows a predilection to the female gender.
Glossitis can occur at any age, but it usually affects adult more often.
Atrophic glossitis is the consequence co-affected by host circumstances of oral cavity and bacteria . In this condition, there is total atrophy of the lingual papillae resulting in a smooth, glossy tongue. It is most often due to vitamin deficiency anemia (pernicious anemia).
MRG is an uncommon lesion and when improperly diagnosed may become confused with carcinoma . It is due to infection by the fungus Candida albicans and occurs in the middle of tongue, in front of the circumvallate papillae.
In this type, there is hyperplasia of the fungiform papillae resulting in a swollen, beefy tongue. It may be subdivided into white strawberry tongue, where there is a layer of white on the dorsum of tongue from which the hyperplastic papillae protrude upwards. The other subtype is the red strawberry tongue, where the white layer disappears and only the dark red papillae are apparent. This condition is associated with scarlet fever, Kawasaki disease, pernicious anemia and other diseases.
Benign migratory glossitis or Geographic tongue
Classic appearance of a geographic tongue includes a patch of an erythematous lesion having atrophic filliform papillae, which is surrounded by a white hyperkeratotic boundary. Associations with human leukocyte antigen HLA DR5, HLA DRW6 and HLA Cw6 have been reported .
Glossitis may be due to infection, irritation of the tongue by ill fitting dentures, tobacco, spicy food, etc or it may be a symptoms of underlying disease such as vitamin B12 deficiency, Sjögren's syndrome, etc.
Treatment is not required as it heals on its own. Topical drugs and antibiotics may help if it is due to an infection.
A good oral hygiene, maintained by proper brushing and flossing of teeth along with regular visits to your dentist may prevent glossitis.
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