Definition Geographic tongue is a map-like appearance of your tongue due to irregular patches on its surface. Alternative Names Patches on the tongue; Tongue - patchy; Benign migratory glossitis; Glossitis - benign migratory Causes, incidence, and risk factors The specific cause of geographic tongue is unknown, although vitamin B deficiency may be involved. Other causes may include irritation from hot or spicy foods, or alcohol. The condition appears to be less common in smokers. The pattern on the surface of the tongue may change very rapidly. This pattern change occurs when there is a loss of the tiny, finger-like projections, called papillae, on the tongue's surface. This makes areas of the tongue flat. These areas are said to be "denuded." Denuded areas may persist for more than a month.
In one of my previous posts "Looks Like Infant Acid Reflux: Pyloric Stenosis" we talked about the condition pyloric stenosis and how it can often be mistaken for acid reflux in infants. There are also additional structural issues that can mimic acid reflux. One such issue is a lip or tongue tie. Both the lip tie (maxillary lip tie) and tongue tie (ankyloglossia) involve an unusually short band of tissue interfering with proper connection to the inside of the mouth. In the case of the tongue tie the shortened tissue connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth too tightly and prevents proper motion of the tongue. Similarly, the shortened tissue found in the lip tie connects the lip to the gum area too tightly, also restricting proper movement. For some infants, the tongue or lip tie may be so mild that it does not produce any symptoms, but for others the tie can cause huge issues. When this occurs, some of the symptoms can range from inability to latc...
Is the Tongue Patch the Next Weight Loss Innovation?
The tongue patch procedure prevents the consumption of solid food and promises weight loss.
What is the Tongue Patch Diet?
The tongue patch procedure may be the latest fad for those looking for a quick way to slim down: A mesh patch is sewn into the tongue to cause pain and prevent the consumption of solid foods, leading to rapid weight loss. Or at least that is the claim by the procedure’s creator, Dr. Nikolas Chugay at Chugay Cosmetic Surgery Medical Clinic Inc. in Beverly Hills, California.
“We are now approaching 100 patients treated with the procedure. While it is definitely outside the norm and an off label use of the mesh, patients understand ?this is an extreme procedure to help them deal with a serious problem...obesity. The large majority of the patients that we have treated are significantly overweight with BMI's over 35. While the procedure is not for ever...
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