Oral cavity
Inflammatory (noninfectious) lesions
Fissured tongue

Topic Completed: 1 February 2013

Revised: 2 March 2020

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PubMed Search: Fissured tongue[TIAB] oral cavity

Charu Thakral, M.D.
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Cite this page: Thakral C. Fissured tongue. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/oralcavityfissuredtongue.html. Accessed April 1st, 2020.
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

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