Transitory benign plaques of the tongue, a disease of unknown etiology, is refractory to therapy and tends to persist. Previous reports in the literature do not indicate a familial pattern.
This is a report of a 28-year-old woman with a 14-year history of geographic tongue. Both her mother and her 3-year-old child had this condition. The patient was treated with prednisolone for a moderately severe erythema multiforme. After three weeks of therapy, she volunteered that this was the first time in 14 years that her geographic tongue had completely cleared.
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