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Oral Cancer

Are Bumps on the Back of the Tongue a Sign of Cancer?

01/29/2008

Question:

I took antibiotic 875-125 Augmentin. After four days on the medicine, my tongue felt burnt as is I drank very hot coffee. I called the doctor, and they said it's probably a yeast infection and instructed to stop taking the medicines. I saw the doctor today, he said it’s not yeast infection, that it looks like cysts of the tongue and that I should see a ENT specialist.

Is this a sign of cancer? Maybe I never noticed these bumps toward the back of my tongue. I looked with flashlight and went crazy. It looks like clumps of bumps. I touched them and they feel slightly raised and hard. Doctor gave me Clormitrozole sucking tabs until I see a specialist. I am so confused. If it doesn’t look like yeast infection to the doctor, then why the yeast oral medicines?

Answer:

Some of the taste buds at the junction of the front part of the tongue and the tongue base are anatomically larger than the others. They form a 'v' shaped line at that junction. But you should be seen and evaluated by an ENT specialist to make sure that there is no abnormal growth there.

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Response by:

Enver  Ozer, MD Enver Ozer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University