Oral cavity
Inflammatory (noninfectious) lesions
Fissured tongue

Author: Charu Thakral, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 17 April 2018, last major update February 2013

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PubMed Search: Fissured tongue[TIAB] oral cavity

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Definition / general
  • Benign disorder characterized by deep grooves or fissures on dorsal and lateral surfaces of tongue
  • May have true fissure with ulceration
  • Grooves get deeper and more prominent with age
  • 50% also have geographic tongue
  • Associated with Down syndrome, Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome, psoriasis, Söjgren syndrome, chronic granulomatous disease (CMAJ 2012;184:E241)
  • Also called furrowed tongue, lingua plicata, plicated tongue, scrotal tongue
Case reports
  • Brushing tongue
Clinical images

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Deep grooves