Aglossia: A rare birth defect where the tongue is missing or underdeveloped. Often other anomalies are also present e.g. missing parts of hands and feet, small jaw and oral webbing.
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Symptoms of Aglossia
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Treatments for Aglossia
- Treatment is often primarily centered around orthodontics - the absence of the tongue can have a huge implication on the structure of the jaws as there is no tongue to provide pressure against the teeth which normally helps maintain good oral structure and function. Compliance with orthodontic treatment plans is essential to prevent complications such as collapse of the bite, especially if there are missing teeth.
- Other treatment measures may also be required depending on the individual requirements
- Breathing assistance may be needed early in life if airway is compromised due to the absence of the tongue
- Speech therapy
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Causes of Aglossia
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Prognosis for Aglossia
Prognosis for Aglossia:
Generally patients can expect a good prognosis. Early management of problems with breathing, swallowing, feeding, speech as well as orthodontic management can enable a patient to lead a relatively normal life.
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