Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Tongue: trauma - repair

Contributor(s): Prof Gary M Baxter, Graham Munroe

Introduction

  • Lacerations of the tongue   Tongue: laceration  occur as a result of ingestion of foreign materials in feed, bit injuries, self-inflicted injuries on wire or nails, and injuries occurring during anesthetic recovery.
  • Enormous variety in severity and type of injury.
  • Many superficial injuries will heal by second intention   Wound: healing - second intention  .
  • Large deep lacerations should be sutured - if the rostral segment is viable - minimizes functional and cosmetic impairment.

Uses

  • Repair of deep severe tongue lacerations where rostral segment is viable .

Advantages

  • Superior functional and cosmetic result.
  • Rapid healing.

Disadvantages

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Good - if surgery takes place rapidly once injury is diagnosed and careful attention to surgical principles are shown   →   uncomplicated healing   →   minimal scarring.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers


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