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Macroglossia is a disorder in which the tongue is larger than normal.

Macroglossia is usually caused by an increase in the amount of tissue on the tongue, rather than by a growth, such as a tumor.

This condition can be seen in certain inherited or congenital (existing at birth) disorders, including:

  • Acromegaly
  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
  • Congenital hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Lymphangioma/hemangioma
  • Mucopolysaccharidoses
  • Primary amyloidosis

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    Macroglossia is usually caused by an increase in the amount of tissue on the tongue, rather than by a growth, such as a tumor.

    This condition can be seen in certain inherited or congenital (existing at birth) disorders, including:

    • Acromegaly
    • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
    • Congenital hypothyroidism
    • Diabetes
    • Down syndrome
    • Lymphangioma/hemangioma
    • Mucopolysaccharidoses
    • Primary amyloidosis

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Review Date: 5/10/2013  

Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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