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Tongue Ulcers



  • Look For

  • Ulcers on the tongue, noting their number, size, colour and distribution.
  • Causes of Tongue Ulcers

  • Trauma - mechanical / chemical / radiation
  • Aphthous stomatitis
  • Dermatoses - pemphigus, lichen planus, erythema multiforme
  • Infection - herpes simplex (cold sore), coxsackie (hand, foot and mouth), syphilis, bacterial, candidiasis
  • Rheumatological - SLE, Reiter’s syndrome
  • GIT - Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease
  • Drugs - antineoplastics
  • Malignancy
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