Surgical management of macroglossia in children

Warren E. Morgan, Ellen M. Friedman, Newton Duncan, Marcelle Sulek

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Congenital macroglossia is associated with a variety of syndromes, most commonly Down syndrome and Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Clinically, macroglossia may result in respiratory compromise, dysphagia, and poor cosmesis. A variety of treatments have been proposed, with surgical resection being the most common. We review management and describe a new surgical technique, consisting of a keyhole resection to decrease the width and length of the tongue. Between 1990 and 1992, five keyhole resections for congenital macroglossia were performed on four consecutive children at Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Patients had improved cosmesis and improved function of the oropharyngeal airway, with no change in speech and feeding. Keyhole resection is an effective treatment for macroglossia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-329
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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