• Abdulrahman AlshafeiEmail author
  • Thambipillai Sri Paran
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Macroglossia is generally a clinical feature that helps in the diagnosis of certain syndromes but rarely can become the primary clinical challenge for pediatric surgeons, otolaryngologists, and anesthetists.

This chapter details various causes and associations of this condition and current surgical techniques of glossoplasty to achieve reduction in the size of the tongue while preserving its function. Overall, surgery for children with severe macroglossia has shown favorable functional and cosmetic outcomes.


Macroglossia Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome Lymphangioma Glossectomy Wedge resection Key-hole incision Tracheostomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdulrahman Alshafei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thambipillai Sri Paran
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Paediatric SurgeryOur Lady’s Children’s Hospital, CrumlinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Trinity CollegeDublinIreland

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