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LEITE, Rubens Marcelo Souza; LEITE, Adriana Aragão Craveiro; FRIEDMAN, Horácio  and  FRIEDMAN, Isabel. Median rhomboid glossitis associated with esophagic candidiasis: a possible etiologic relation with Candida albicans. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2002, vol.77, n.5, pp.579-583. ISSN 0365-0596.

Median rhomboid glossitis is an inflammatory disease involving the surface of the tongue. It develops clinically as an erythematous or white-erythematous area on the dorsal median surface of the tongue. Etiologic factors are unknown. One of the possible etiologic theories suggests a relation between median rhomboid glossitis and malformation of bronchial arches during embriogenesis. Candida albicans as an infectious etiologic factor has also been suggested. The study presents the case of a 60-year-old patient with median rhomboid glossitis associated with esophagic candidiasis. Both pathologies responded well to therapy with oral itraconazole and fluconazole. The authors argue in favor of the possibility of an etiologic relation between Candida albicans and median rhomboid glossitis .

Keywords : Etiology; glossitis.

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