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Case of the Month: Posterior Tongue Nodule

By Anna-Karoline Israel, MD (PGY-3) and Ellen Giampoli, MD

Clinical History

A woman in her 30s presents with a hard nodule on her posterior tongue that she discovered several months ago.

Past Medical History

The patient does not have any significant past medical history.

Recent History

Physical exam shows a superficial, pedunculated, non-vascular midline tongue lesion adjacent to the circumvallate papillae. No imaging studies are performed. The lesion is excised. H&E sections reveal a well-circumscribed lesion consisting of mature bone underlying the surface tongue mucosa.

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