Macroglossia is the medical term for an abnormally large tongue that is present at birth. In some cases, surgery is required to treat the problem and help the child eat, breathe, and speak more easily.
Tongue reduction surgery for macroglossia
The typical macroglossia surgery is called a resection and involves the removal of a portion of the tongue. The surgeon will then stitch the rest of the tongue back together for healing.
Preparation and risk for macroglossia surgery
Your child may need to avoid food, drink, and medication for a period before and after the surgery. Pain, inflammation, bleeding, and swelling are common side effects of surgical macroglossia treatment, but usually resolve within a few days.
Macroglossia treatment at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Macroglossia is one of the most common characteristics of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS). Whether or not your child’s enlarged tongue is due to BWS, our highly trained physicians are prepared to develop the best care plan for them. Our Center for Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome is one of the leading BWS programs in the world, treating a wide variety of symptoms and specializing in macroglossia surgery.
Reviewed by: Chad A Perlyn, MD
This page was last updated on: 6/21/2019 1:27:28 AM
Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
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BWS is a genetic condition caused by abnormal gene regulation. It can cause premature birth, low blood sugar, abdominal problems, and macroglossia (enlarged tongue).