Black-Tongued Witch – Really?

  • N S Neki Professor, , Dept. of Medicine, Govt. Medical College & Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab,
  • Gagandeep Singh Shergill Post graduate student; , Dept. of Medicine, Govt. Medical College & Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab,
  • Amritpal Singh Senior Resident Dept. of Medicine, Govt. Medical College & Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab
  • Amanpreet Kaur Consultant Gynaecologist, Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, India
  • Puneet Bans Sidhu Medical Intern, Dept. of Medicine, Govt. Medical College & Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab
  • Taranjit Singh Registrar, Department of Oncology, Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
Keywords: Black hairy tongue (BHT), myth regarding BHT, black tongued witch, Olanzapine induced BHT

Abstract

Black hairy tongue (BHT) also known as Lingua villosa nigra is an acquired, benign condition which is characterized by abnormally hypertrophied and elongated papilliform papillae on the dorsal surface of the tongue. Apart from black; it may also appear brown, yellow, green or blue. BHT typically causes aesthetic concerns to the patient. Gagging, nausea, dysgeusia, xerostomia, burning mouth syndrome and halitosis can be the very rare presenting complaints in some patients. In India, however, black tongue is believed to associate with witches and unfortunate doom spellers. We are reporting a case of olanzapine induced BHT who became a victim of very popular but irrational myth in Indian society.

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Published
2017-03-18
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Neki NS, Shergill GS, Singh A, Kaur A, Sidhu PB, Singh T. Black-Tongued Witch – Really?. Int Arch BioMed Clin Res [Internet]. 2017Mar.18 [cited 2019Nov.13];3(1):11-3. Available from: https://iabcr.org/index.php/iabcr/article/view/106