Black Hairy Tongue- ...A polymicrobial wound infection ...

Black Hairy Tongue- ...A polymicrobial wound infection developed, and she received treatment with intravenous meropenem and oral minocycline. Black discoloration of her tongue was observed within 1 week after treatment was started (Panel A), and the patient reported nausea and a bad taste in her mouth...Black hairy tongue is a benign condition characterized by hypertrophy and elongation of filiform papillae on the surface of the tongue, with brownish-black discoloration. The condition can be associated with multiple factors, including poor oral hygiene, the use of tobacco or irritating mouthwashes, and the receipt of antibiotic agents, particularly tetracyclines. Black hairy tongue is usually reversible and has no long-term sequelae as long as the precipitating agent is discontinued and the patient practices good oral hygiene....Within 4 weeks after the minocycline was stopped, her tongue returned to its normal color (Panel B). #NEJM #photo #clinical #black #hairy #tongue #discoloration #oral
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