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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 86-88

Lymphangioma of the tongue


1 Department of Pedodontics, Kothiwal Dental College, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kothiwal Dental College, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Mousumi Goswami
Department of Pedodontics, Kothiwal Dental College, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh-244001
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.85862

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Lymphangiomas are developmental malformations and have a marked predilection for the head and neck region. They are benign proliferation of lymphatic vessels and represents hamartomas of malformed lymphatics. The most common location in the mouth is the dorsum of tongue, followed by lips, buccal mucosa, soft palate, and floor of the mouth. In the tongue, they may present as a localized or a diffused growth which may enlarge to cause macroglossia, impaired speech and difficulty in mastication. These tumors are typically present at birth, but may go unnoticed until after dentition erupts or even after puberty. Presenting here is a case of localized lymphangioma of the tongue in a five year old child and its surgical management.


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