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Friday, May 24, 2013
Black Spot on the Tongue
Last year my relative had a dark spot on his tongue. The doctor told him it was not cancer, and had it surgically removed. After a year this thing came back and it is bigger in size and looks black. Several doctors told him it was a blood vessel tumor on his tongue and if try to remove it, it will come back and become bigger. At this point they don`t know what to do in this case. They say that they haven`t see it before and don`t know the treatment. What are we suppossed to do at this point? It gets bigger, darker, and more uncomfortable. What are his options? Is there a specialist that deals with such blood vessel tumors on the tongue? Thank you for you help. We don`t know where to turn for help.
Unfortunately, this forum is not appropriate for specific individual advice. However, if this was some type of blood vessel tumor as you describe, it should be evaluated by a head and neck surgeon. This is usually an ear, nose, and throat physician, possibly even at a tertiary type center such as a university. These centers usually have an ENT department (Otolaryngology) with specialists specifically in the field of head and neck oncology who can then assist with proper guidance on treatment options.
Amit Agrawal, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University