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Clinical Problem Solving
August 2014

Tongue Mass in an Infant

Author Affiliations
  • 1Children’s Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • 2Children’s Medical Center, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(8):773-774. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.1033

A white male infant presented with a tongue mass that had been observed since birth without any change in size. The child had normal development and weight gain. On examination, the tongue mass, measuring approximately 0.5 × 0.5 cm, was located the mid-dorsum of the tongue 2 cm anterior to sulcus terminalis linguae. The pedunculated mass had a smooth surface the same color as adjacent mucosa. The mass was painless and firm on palpation. The mass was completely excised below the peduncle and submitted for histopathologic examination.