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Case report
Lingual compression for acute macroglossia in a COVID-19 positive patient
  1. Erickson Andrews1,
  2. Jonathan Lezotte2 and
  3. Adam M Ackerman2
  1. 1 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  2. 2 Department of Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam M Ackerman; aackerm2{at}


We describe a 40-year-old woman with severe, persistent macroglossia following prone positioning as part of treatment for COVID-19. We used the treatment method of lingual compression with satisfactory results.

  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • adult intensive care
  • mechanical ventilation

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  • Contributors EA wrote the manuscript with the assistance of AMA. JL assisted with editing and preparation of the final manuscript. AMA is the senior author.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.