Guest Post Written by Dr. Muhammed Rafeeque, BHMS
The tongue (Lingua, Glossa) is a muscular organ in the oral cavity that is associated with the function of deglutition, taste and speech [click to tweet]. It acts as an easily accessible mirror of the health of a person and indicates the state of hydration of the body. Some characteristic changes occur on the tongue in some abnormal conditions or diseases. Hence, the examination of the tongue is essential and will provide some hints for the clinical and remedial diagnosis.
It is very easy to examine the tongue in a conscious patient. The difficulty may arise in unconscious patients and in non-cooperative patients, especially the children. Small children may cry if we forcefully open their mouth, hence it can be easily examined by gently pressing above the mental-protuberance with the index finger and gradually opening the mouth, the baby will…
View original post 1,692 more words