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Tongue-Tie - A Brief Notes

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Tongue-Tie - A Brief Notes

Sujit K Bhattacharya1*, Anish Banerjee2 and Sabahat Azim2
1Critical Care Units, Glocal Hospital, Krishnanagore, West Bengal, India
2GHSPL Sambhav KNJ Healthcare LLP, Kolkata, India
*Corresponding Author: Sujit K Bhattacharya, Director, Critical Care Units, Glocal Hospital, Krishnanagore, Krishnanagore, West Bengal, India, Tel: 083369 14279, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jun 20, 2017 / Accepted Date: Jun 24, 2017 / Published Date: Jun 26, 2017


Tongue-tie is also known as ankyloglossia. It is a congenital condition where the strip of skin connecting the baby's tongue to the floor of the mouth is shorter than usual. Tongue-tie affects around 4% to 11% of newborn babies. It is more common in boys than girls [1,2]. Tongue Tie often runs in families.


The baby may be diagnosed with tongue-tie during her first routine check-up. Tongue-Tie is detected in Newborn babies, sometimes when the baby has difficulty in breast-feeding, speech and oral hygiene. Tongue-Tie patient may also present in older children [3]. A severity scale for ankyloglossia, which grades the appearance and function of the tongue, is recommended for use in the Academy of Breastfeeding medicine (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Tongue-tie.



Tongue-Tie may be treated by surgery. This involves cutting the skin connecting the under surface of the tongue with the floor of the (the lingual frenulum) mouth. This is called faciotomy. Complications after a frenulotomy are rare, although it is important that it's done by a trained healthcare professional [4,5]. Usually there is little or no bleeding and the baby can be fed immediately.


The age at which this procedure can be performed can range from 7 days to 70 years old. Some of the surgeons believe that we can wait and see how it behaves and accordingly take a decision [6-8]. Adults can have an elective operation.


Tongue-Tie, though not very uncommon, may cause difficulties in speech, breast feeding, oral cleanliness and nutrition. It may present to the doctor at any age and opinions of the time for surgical intervention are controversial. It has been suggested that the social problems may be more prevalent than previously thought because of better sharing of information [9].


The authors gratefully acknowledge the patient for consenting to publish the image article.


Citation: Bhattacharya SK, Banerjee A, Azim S (2017) Tongue-Tie - A Brief Notes. J Mol Biomark Diagn 8: i103. DOI: 10.4172/2155-9929.1000i103

Copyright: ©2017 Bhattacharya SK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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