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How do other illnesses affect fissured tongue?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Fissured tongue may be associated with certain underlying conditions, such as geographic tongue, psoriasis, Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome or Down syndrome. Although the cause of fissured tongue is unknown in these cases, its association with the underlying conditions suggests that these conditions affect the tongue. Infections, sometimes caused when food particles lodge in the grooves, may cause pain and swelling of the tongue.

In most cases, fissured tongue is a harmless condition that occurs naturally and isn't affected by other illnesses. In some cases, fissured tongue is caused by Down syndrome or a rare condition called Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome. The fissured tongue in people with these conditions isn't affected by other illnesses.

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