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Classification according to ICD-10
K14.0 Diseases of the tongue / glossitis
ICD-10 online (WHO version 2019)

The term glossitis or tongue inflammation covers acute or chronic diseases or changes in the body or surface of the tongue that can be caused by a variety of causes.

Glossitis rhombica mediana.



  • Changes in the structure of the surface of the tongue or changes in color ( coated tongue ).
  • Localized pain, burning tongue, taste disturbances.
  • Vesicles, ulcers, leukoplakia, or fissures .


  • Bacteriological or mycological examination of a swab sample from the mucous membrane.
  • Sampling and tissue examination of changes in the mucous membrane.
  • Survey of the tooth status.
  • Internal examination for possible systemic or autoimmune diseases.
  • Psychiatric examination (parafunctions).


Individual evidence

  1. ^ H. Naumann et al .: Oto-Rhino-Laryngologie in clinic and practice. Volume 2, Thieme, Stuttgart / New York 1992, ISBN 3-13-676601-6 , pp. 603ff.

Web links

Wiktionary: Glossitis  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations