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A neonate with a swollen tongue
  1. M Philipps1,
  2. N C Maxwell1,
  3. J W Rainsbury2
  1. 1Neonatal Intensive Care, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2ENT Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Philipps, Department of NICU, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Level 5, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK; melbush{at}

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A full-term female infant weighing 3.1 kg was delivered by uncomplicated vaginal delivery and required no resuscitation. She was reviewed by the neonatal team soon after birth due to a swollen tongue (figure 1).

Figure 1

Cystic tongue lesion. Image taken by the medical photography department at Derriford Hospital.

On examination, her tongue was protruding and …

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