How is Hunter's glossitis diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Usually, your doctor or dentist will be able to diagnose your Hunter's glossitis based on appearance. They will usually look for swelling and a smooth, red texture of the tongue. Your papillae, or bumps on your tongue, may be missing. If the symptoms are inconclusive, your doctor may perform a blood test to look for the presence of anemia. One of the most popular blood tests run for pernicious anemia and Hunter's glossitis is the Schilling test.

To diagnose Hunter's glossitis, your dentist or other healthcare provider will examine your tongue. One key sign of the syndrome is the absence of tiny finger-shaped bumps called papillae that normally cover the surface of the tongue. Detailed questions about your health may yield clues. Blood tests may be done to look for underlying medical conditions.

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