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Atrophic glossitis

A condition characterized by a smooth, glossy, erythematous, edematous tongue that is generally painful.

The tongue appears smooth because of loss of filiform and fungiform papillae. This condition occurs during a vitamin B deficiency, such as in pellagra, and certain disorders like pernicious anemia.


1. Anemia

  • Folic Acid deficiency Anemia
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
2. Other possible Vitamin Deficiencies

  • Pyridoxine deficiency
  • Riboflavin deficiency
  • Niacin deficiency
3. Anti-cancer drugs

4. Riley-Day Dysautonia Syndrome


* bald tongue

* hunter glossitis

* Moeller glossitis

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