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Are tongue spasms serious?

Depending on the cause of your tongue spasm, the condition can be serious. In some cases, tongue spasm may be caused by a more serious underlying disorder. See your doctor if you have tongue spasm.

A tongue spasm is an example of a focal dystonia, which is an involuntary and sometimes painful movement of muscles in the body -- in this case, the muscles in the tongue. Tongue spasms can be serious if they make talking and swallowing difficult and uncomfortable.

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