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How is tongue spasm diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The first step in diagnosing tongue spasm is to go to your doctor for a physical exam, which will include a review of your symptoms and your family's medical history. Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and may order more specialized tests. Your doctor may also refer you to a doctor who specializes in conditions that affect the brain, called a neurologist.

There is no single diagnostic test to determine if someone has tongue spasm. A doctor may diagnose the condition based on a neurological examination, description of symptoms, and medical and family history. Lingual dystonia is the medical term for the condition, which involves forceful contractions of the tongue that can make swallowing difficult. 

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