By Gary M. White, MD

Transient lingual papillitis (TLP) is an acute inflammation of the fungiform papillae located on the anterior dorsolateral surface of the tongue. 


The classic sign is inflammatory hypertrophy of the fungiform papillae on the tip and dorsolateral part of the tongue.   Angular cheilitis may occur as well.  Fever, difficulty in feeding, salivation and cervical adenopathy may be associated when infection is the trigger. Other family members are frequently affected.


The condition remits spontaneously in 1-2 weeks.  Maintaining oral hygiene is recommended.


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