The lesion of the tongue known as glossitis rhombica mediana was first described in 1914 by Brocq and Pautrier1 under the name of "glossite losangique médiane de la face dorsale de la langue." Since their description was published, relatively few articles on the condition have appeared in the literature. It therefore seems appropriate to report a case that has recently come under my observation. This case is of interest as a reminder of the clinical picture and of the fact, as pointed out by Dubreuil,2 that the lesion may be mistaken for a manifestation of syphilis. The comprehensive appellation glossitis rhombica mediana was given to the lesion by Lane3 in 1924. A review of the existent literature was included in his article.
Clinically, the picture is that of a roughly rhomboid or oval, smooth or lobulated patch situated on the dorsum of the tongue just anterior to
ABSHIER AB. GLOSSITIS RHOMBICA MEDIANA: REPORT OF A CASE WITH RESULTS OF TREATMENT. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(3):409–411. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460150075007
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