Severe tongue injury in an adolescent with epilepsy: A case report

Authors

  • Daniella Ferraz Cerqueira DDS,

    1. Postgraduate Student, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • áurea Simone Barrôso Vieira DDS,

    1. Postgraduate Student, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • Lucianne Copie Maia MSD, PhD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
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  • Eric Sweet MD

    1. Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
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*e-mail: rorefa@microlink.com.br

ABSTRACT

Epilepsy and other neurological disorders can have profound social, physical and psychological consequences, especially when they begin in childhood. Moreover, seizure episodes may cause fractures, burns, head injuries and oral injuries. This report presents a case history of an adolescent with a severe tongue injury related to epileptic seizures and outlines the proposed treat-ment, which included use of a maxillary silicone bite guard that allowed healing of the tongue injury within a few months.

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