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'Tongue enlargement'

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This MRI shows a rare complication of oral surgery.

The massive enlargement of this young patient’s tongue is thought to be caused by lymphatic obstruction. In this case, the swelling has caused complete airway occlusion, so a tracheostomy was performed. Eventually, the tongue may be partially resected to restore patency.

See more cases like this on Figure 1.

 

 

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