Tongue Necrosis, Temporal Arteritis, and Esophageal Carcinoma: Is There a Connection?

Mouadeb, Debbie; Campisi, Paolo; Rochon, Louise; Hier, Michael P.; Black, Martin J.
January 2004
Journal of Otolaryngology;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p50
Academic Journal
Temporal or giant cell arteritis is a systemic granulomatous vasculitis that predominantly affects medium and large-sized arteries. This condition more commonly affects women older than 60 years and often presents with headaches and visual symptoms. Although uncommon, it has been recognized that cancer may also present with symptoms similar to temporal arteritis as a result of a paraneoplastic phenomenon, paraneoplastic vasculitis. Ischemic necrosis of the tongue is rare because of the rich vascular supply of the bilateral lingual arteries and the generous collateral circulation. The lesions that cause ischemia of the tongue occur either in the external carotid artery or the first part of the lingual artery.


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