Lingual osteoma is a rare condition, with fewer than 100 cases reported. Because of its rarity, we present an additional case of lingual osteoma that occurred in a 22-year-old woman. This is the first case report, to our knowledge, of a lingual osteoma with preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings described. The epidemiology, clinical presentation, and underlying pathogenesis of this condition are also discussed.
A 22-year-old woman presented with a mass on the dorsum of her tongue that had remained the same size for 10 years. Aside from an intermittent “lump-in-throat” sensation, she did not report any pain or bleeding from the mass, and she had no history of dysphagia or shortness of breath. Examination showed a 1.5-cm mass to the right of the foramen cecum of the tongue. It appeared lobulated and pedunculated with a normal overlying mucosa. No cervical lymph node was palpable, and the patient was clinically euthyroid.
Lee DLY, Wong KT, Mak SM, Soo G, Tong MCF. Lingual Osteoma: Case Report and Literature Review. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009;135(3):308–310. doi:10.1001/archoto.2008.553
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