Black hairy tongue: What is your call?

McGrath, Emmet E.; Bardsley, Philip; Basran, Gurnan
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/22/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 9, p1137
Academic Journal
The article presents a case of black hairy tongue in a 73-year-old male smoker who attended a follow-up outpatient clinic after 18 months of having an antibiotic therapy for lung infection. The authors stated that the infection of the patient has been improving, however, his tongue has become discolored over the previous four weeks and has become asymptomatic. They added that the results of the microbiologic and histologic tests of swabs from the tongue of the patient are negative for ineffective and malignant conditions. Moreover, the color of the patient's tongue has returned to normal with the advice of an otolaryngologist to brush his tongue with a soft toothbrush.


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