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Italian Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery 2014 April;25(1):13-9

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Rare non malignant lesions of the tongue: our esperience

Tomasetti N. 1, Campobassi A. 1, Tarsitano A. 2, Marchetti C. 2

1 Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Bufalini Hospital, Cesena, Italy;
2 Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna Italy


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The tongue is the most dominant structure of the oral cavity. It is a frequent site of benign and malignant diseases. In this paper we describe five rare cases of benign tongue lesions. Two of these were intravascular papillary endothelial hyperplasia, one was a Schwannoma, one case was a juvenile xanthogranuloma, one was a granular cell myoblastoma and the last one was a tongue abscess. Clinical and radiological features, differential diagnosis, and treatment are discussed for each of these. The tongue is the most dominant structure of the oral cavity. It is a frequent site of benign and malignant diseases. It is subject to: dental trauma, local and systemic inflammatory conditions. In this paper we describe five rare cases of benign tongue lesions. Two of these were intravascular papillary endothelial hyperplasia (IPEH), one was a Schwannoma, one case was a juvenile xanthogranuloma (JXG), one was a granular cell myoblastoma and the last one was a tongue abscess. The appropriate treatment of these lesions is total excision in healthy margins. The clinical appearance of these lesions is very similar between them. The aim of this work was to analyze different, rare, benign lesions of the tongue presenting clinical features very similar between them. Vascular lesions were not taken into account because their clinical presentation is characterized by well known and obvious aspects.

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