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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Temporal arteritis presenting with tongue necrosis
  1. Anuttara Panchali Kumarasinghe1,
  2. Alastair Hepburn2,
  3. William John Reuther1,
  4. Clive Pratt1
  1. 1Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, St Richards Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex, UK
  2. 2Department of Rheumatology, Worthing Hospital, Worthing, West Sussex, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anuttara Panchali Kumarasinghe, p.kumarasinghe{at}


Spontaneous glossodynia is uncommon and glossodynia progressing to necrosis is especially rare. Although the commonest cause of lingual necrosis is giant cell arteritis, only a few cases of a new diagnosis of giant cell arteritis, clinically presenting with isolated lingual necrosis, have been reported.

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