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Hairy tongue

Other Names for this Disease
  • Lingua villosa
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Hairy tongue is a condition in which the the central top portion of the tongue presents with an abnormal coloring.  Although the abnormal coating is typically black in color, brown, yellow, and green discoloration has been described. [1]
Last updated: 6/24/2008


  1. Mcgrath EE, Bardsley P, Basran G. Black hairy tongue: What is your call?. Canadian Medical Association Journal. April 2008;
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