Prevalence study of tongue lesions in a Hungarian population

Jolán Bánóczy, Orsolya Rigó, Maria Albrecht

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Abstract – The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of tongue lesions in a district population, in Budapest, called regularly for X‐ray lung examinations. Oral examinations of 7820 individuals were performed, 42% were over 60 yr of age, 42.9% were men and 57.1% women. Tongue alterations were found in 18.52% of the examined individuals, more frequently in women than in men. Lingua fissurata has been diagnosed in 8.8%, geographic tongue in 3.0% of the examined subjects. Atrophic lesions of the tongue were found in 6.37%, among them 5.42% central papillary atrophy (median rhomboid glossitis): 0.35% of the total sample. Manifest clinical symptoms of oral Candidiasis were found in 2.15% of the total sample, and in 4.28% of patients with tongue lesions. The occurrence of oral leukoplakia and lichen in patients with tongue lesions was respectively 0.47 and 0.07%. The prevalence of tongue alterations was consistent with the literary data, the oral screening attached to the X‐ray lung examinations proved to be useful in detecting changes of the oral mucosa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-226
Number of pages3
JournalCommunity dentistry and oral epidemiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - aug. 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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