Adam Garibay, MD; Kelly Winters, MSN, RN, CPNP, CNS ; Tabitha Cheng, MD,; Supriya Sharma, MD; Manpreet Singh, MD, MBE
Pediatric Emergency Department, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Case Presentation: Tongue Depressor
A 5-year-old male presented to the pediatric ED due to a growth on the tip of his tongue. The patient’s mother was worried as the mass had been increasing in size and was bleeding, causing decreased oral intake. Further history revealed progressive tongue swelling and increasing growth of the mass over a three-month period. Upon further questioning, it was presumed that the mass formed after a traumatic injury where he bit his tongue. Prior to this visit he presented to three other EDs and was unable to receive a referral to Otolaryngology due to insurance issues.