Also known as: Tongue reduction surgery
What is macroglossia surgery?
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.
What happens during the procedure?
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.
Is any special preparation needed?
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: April 06, 2021 10:15 AM
Dr. Chad Perlyn, pediatric plastic surgeon, talks about the different types of tongue reduction operations for BWS.
Patient Success Stories
When Harper was diagnosed with Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome shortly after birth, her family knew they wanted the best team possible for her tongue reduction surgery. Harper now leads a limitless life thanks to Dr. Chad Perlyn, an expert in treating macroglossia, and the Craniofacial Center
at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
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Macroglossia is the medical term for when a child is born with an enlarged tongue. It is one of the most common features of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS), affecting around 90 percent of children with the congenital disorder.
BWS is a genetic condition caused by abnormal gene regulation. It can cause premature birth, low blood sugar, abdominal problems, and macroglossia (enlarged tongue).