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Should a White Lump on the Tip of Tongue be Biopsied?

11/14/2007

Question:

My child, now age 4, was born with a white spot in the front on the tip of the tongue. It looks like it is a little raised. It is soft like the rest of the tongue. My child knows it is there, but unsure if it bothers. It is about the size of a pencil eraser and grows along with her, so it seems as if it is the same in size. Should something like this be removed to check what it could be. The doctors and dentists do not know what it could be and said the only way to know is to remove it, so it can be biopsied. I was told it could be nothing, but they are unsure. Thanks .

Answer:

This looks like a stable lesion for years. It might not need an immediate evaluation, but it should certainly be evaluated by an ENT or oral surgeon. Tissue confirmation with the biopsy is a possibility too.

Thanks.

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Response by:

Enver  Ozer, MD Enver Ozer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University