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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2017, Article ID 6402413, 3 pages
Case Report

Persistent Acute Onset Macroglossia Treated with Compression Therapy

Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, 40 Medicine Circle, M150, Green Zone, DUMC 2824, Durham, NC 27710, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Sean M. Johnson;

Received 27 June 2017; Accepted 13 August 2017; Published 11 September 2017

Academic Editor: I. Todt

Copyright © 2017 Sean M. Johnson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Acute macroglossia, while rare and often limited in duration, can present significant management challenges. The anatomic position of the tongue, which can result in airway compromise in cases of enlargement, contributes significantly to difficulty with management. We review several management options for persistent acute onset lingual macroglossia and present a novel noninvasive management technique in a case which was refractory to several strategies.