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A clinical analysis of 58 chinese cases of pigmented fungiform papillae of the tongue
Article first published online: 16 AUG 2012
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Tan, C., Liu, Y., Min, Z.-S. and Zhu, W.-Y. (2012), A clinical analysis of 58 chinese cases of pigmented fungiform papillae of the tongue. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2012.04684.x
Funding sources This research was funded by a grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO: 81173400).
- Article first published online: 16 AUG 2012
- Received: 20 March 2012; Accepted: 19 July 2012.
Background Pigmented fungiform papillae of the tongue (PFPT) is a disorder in which the fungiform papillae of the tongue have abnormal coloration. However, Chinese-specific clinical data for PFPT are lacking.
Objective To determine the prevalence and characteristics of PFPT among the Chinese population.
Methods A survey was carried out using a clinical examination and a questionnaire on 14,346 first-time outpatients in our dermatology department, and 58 cases of PFPT were subsequently diagnosed.
Results The prevalence of PFPT was 0.4% among dermatological outpatients. All patients had pin-sized, brownish fungiform papillae on the tip, lateral or dorsal parts of the tongue. Of the three subtypes, type I was the most common (87.93%). PFPT generally coexisted with Hori’s nevus (48.28%), melasma (20.69%), hysteromyoma (24.14%) and breast cystic hyperplasia (20.69%).
Conclusion Our study confirms that PFPT is a relatively common disorder among Chinese outpatients, and it was presumed to be closely coupled with Hori’s nevus, melasma and other disorders.