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April 1974

Sublingual Dimensions in Infants and Young Children

Author Affiliations

Birmingham, Ala
From the Department of Biocommunication and the Center for Developmental and Learning Disorder, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;99(4):292-296. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780030302014

Three dimensions on the undersurface of the tongue were measured on 50 children ranging from 1 month to 5 years of age. All measurements were obtained while the children were in a state of light anesthesia. General growth trends were summarized in grouped data by sublingual dimensions and by total length from the mandible to the tip of the tongue.

A consistent change over age was found for all measurements. The findings are discussed with regard to identification of ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie, through quantitative evaluation. Case studies are included to illustrate the value of these data in clinical decisions regarding frenectomy.

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