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Transient lingual papillitis: a papulokeratotic variant

  • Robert B Brannon
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    Reprint requests: Robert B. Brannon, DDS, MSD, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Department—Box 144, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, 1100 Florida Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
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    Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Department, School of Dentistry, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, La, USA
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  • Catherine M Flaitz
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    Professor and Director, Surgical Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Service, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, The University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, Tex, USA
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      Abstract

      Transient lingual papillitis is an inflammatory disease involving the fungiform papillae of the tongue and is typically localized, accompanied by pain or tenderness, and of short duration. The unusual clinical and pathologic findings regarding a condition we identify as a recurring papulokeratotic variant of transient lingual papillitis are described. In the child whose case we present, this condition was nonpainful and florid in distribution. The etiology, clinical features, and histopathology of this heretofore-undescribed variant are discussed and compared with the findings in previously reported cases of transient lingual papillitis.
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