glossophytia

glossophytia

[glos′əfit′ē·ə]
Etymology: Gk, glossa + phyton, plant
a condition of the tongue characterized by a blackish patch on the dorsum on which filiform papillae are greatly elongated and thickened like bristly hairs. The usually painless condition may be caused by heavy smoking or the extensive use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. See also parasitic glossitis.
A condition characterised by hyperkeratosis of darkened, hyperplastic filiform papillae on the dorsum of the tongue with secondary hemosiderin deposition. Black hairy tongue is anterior to the circumvallate papillae, due to prolonged antibiotic therapy, resulting in overgrowth of chromogenic bacteria, or related to food, coffee, or tobacco or oral bismuth therapy
Management Brush tongue with a toothbrush
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