Definition A tongue biopsy is surgery to remove a piece of the tongue for examination under a microscope. Alternative Names Biopsy - tongue How the test is performed A tongue biopsy can be done using a needle. After numbing the area, the health care provider gently sticks the needle into the tongue and removes a tiny piece of tissue. Some types of tongue biopsies remove a thin slice of tissue. Others are done under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free) so that larger areas may be removed and examined. See also: Surgical excision How to prepare for the test You may be told not to eat or drink anything for several hours before the test. How the test will feel A needle biopsy is often somewhat uncomfortable even with use of an anesthetic, because the tongue is quite sensitive. After the biopsy, the tongue can be tender or sore, and it may feel slightly swollen. There may be stitches or an open sore where the biopsy was done. Why the test is performed The test is done to determine the cause of abn...
A posterior tongue carcinoma is a cancerous growth ( tumor ) located on the back (posterior) part of the tongue.
See: Oral cancer
Tongue cancer - posterior
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Recently I have been contacted by several moms about feeding issues when the baby is tongue tied and has Gastroesophageal reflux. Tongue tied or Ankyloglossia occurs when the small piece of skin under the tongue (called the frenulum) is tight. The tongue may not be able to move normally and may cause problems with nursing.
Symptoms may include:
· poor suck
· poor seal on the breast
· loud sucking
· poor weight gain
· slow feeding
· painful nursing
· fussiness during feeding
You may be thinking that these symptoms sound very similar to the symptoms of infant reflux and you are correct. It may be confusing to parents, doctors and lactation specialists to sort out the cause of the ...
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