Cleft tongue is a condition where the tongue has a cleft running right across it horizontally or vertically, although reported cases have had vertical clefts. Complete clefting is extremely rare, and occurs as a result of lack of developmental forces to push both halves of the tongue towards each other. Partial clefting presents as a deep groove in the middle of the tongue and is a common feature in the oro-facial-digital syndrome. Cleft tongue is of little importance other than causing difficulty in eating as food gets stuck in the cleft.
Published on Nov 12, 2014 Last Updated on Nov 12, 2014
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