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Partial Ankyloglossia with cervical Rib

Author(s): Jayalakshmi K | Ravikumar H | Karpagaselvi | Raju Ragavendra T | Sowmya K

Journal: Indian Journal of Dental Advancements
ISSN 2229-5038

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 296;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Partial ankyloglossia | cervical rib | frenulectomy

Ankyloglossia is a minor congenital anomaly in which the flap of mucous membrane under the tongue is too short and limits the normal mobility of the tongue. Cervical rib is also a developmental anomaly in which costal element may develop from the anterior part of the transverse process of the 7th cervical vertebra, it could be either unilateral or bilateral. The etiology may be genetic origin or by teratological effects. We report here a rare case of 32 year old female patient with Partial Ankyloglossia with cervical rib. She presented with characteristic pain of intermittent claudication i.e, pain appears with the use of the arm particularly when the arm is in raised position and the pain is relieved by rest. Lisping of speech was also present and on examination of the oral cavity Partial Ankyloglossia was seen.Parental history was not relevant. There were no medical problems. Antero posterior neck radiograph revealed rudimentary cervical rib on right side and a developed cervical rib on left side. A conservative treatment for cervical rib such as analgesies and physiotheraphy was advised with follow up and for Partial Ankyloglossia frenulectomy was advised.
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