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March 14, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(11):940. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770110056028

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To the Editor:—  May I take the liberty of remarking that the answer to our colleague's query (Queries and Minor Notes, The Journal, February 1, p. 403) on burning of the tongue is somewhat incomplete.If reduction in the volume of the tongue is really indicated, the use of the multiple cautery or the removal of a wedge-shaped piece of tongue tissue will probably help accomplish this. It is evident, however, that it will not favorably affect either the burning question in the mind of the attending physician or the burning in the tongue of the patient. Burning tongue, in the absence of acquired gross pathologic changes in the mucous membrane, is observed in such varied states as simple glossodynia, glossodynia exfoliativa, the avitaminoses, the anemias, the irritated and inflamed grooves of a scrotal tongue, and Lain's disease (burning due to the presence of dissimilar metallic dentures).It appears to

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