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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 229-231

Giant macroglossia with persistent nonocclusion in a neonate


1 Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

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Philemon E Okoro
Department of Surgery, Paediatric Surgery Unit, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.86070

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Excessive enlargement of the tongue, macroglossia, is a well-recognised clinical condition which can pose significant social and health problems. We report a case of a neonate who was born with a tongue grossly enlarged to the point of inability to feed and deformation of the jaw. Despite surgical reduction of the tongue to normal size, there was a persistent nonocclusion of the mouth, making sucking impossible. Physiotherapy did not help and our experience with neonatal jaw osteotomy is limited. We wonder if a prenatal aspiration of the tongue cyst could have forestalled this jaw deformation.


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