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MEDICAL QUIZ
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 105-107

Medical quiz: Lingua villosa nigra (black hairy tongue)


1 Department of Medicine, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Medicine, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation; College of Medicine, Qatar University; Weill Cornell College of Medicine-New York/Qatar, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Almurtada Ali Razok
Department of Medicine, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, P.O Box 3050, Doha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/LJMS.LJMS_51_19

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Black hairy tongue is a temporary, harmless oral condition that gives the tongue a dark, furry appearance. The distinct look usually results from a build-up of dead skin cells on the papillae of the surface of the tongue that contains taste buds. The differential diagnosis includes a variety of medical conditions and medication side effect. We present a medical quiz about an occasionally missed cause of black hairy tongue.


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