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Life-Threatening Upper Airway Obstruction Due to Isolated Hypermobile Tongue

Dalgic, Abdullah MD; Hidir, Yusuf MD; Birkent, A. Hakan MD; Durmaz, Abdullah MD; Gerek, Mustafa MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: July 2011 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 1529-1531
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31821da1cc
Brief Clinical Studies

Isolated hypermobile tongue is extremely rare. We present a case of isolated hypermobile tongue that caused several life-threatening airway obstructions during sleep. The tongue could reach to the nasopharynx and clear and moisten the nasopharynx by its movement.

From the Department of ORL and HNS, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey.

Received October 4, 2010.

Accepted for publication January 23, 2011.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Abdullah Dalgic, MD, Gulhane Medical School, Department of ORL and HNS, Etlik 06018, Ankara, Turkey; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2011 Mutaz B. Habal, MD