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Erythematous candidiasis
Jun 11, 2000

Is the red portion of the tongue that's around the lateral edges in:

http://www.hivdent.org/slides/atrophic_candidiasis_tongue2.htm

candidiasis or a normal red coloring of the tongue? It is clear to me that the red portion in the middle is candidiasis. Thanks.

Response from Dr. Reznik

The area you point out to in this picture is the normal coloring and texture of the tongue. There are many papillae on the dorsal surface of the tongue which are not present on the lateral borders which explains the difference in appearance. As you can see from this example, erythematous candidiasis leads to a de-papillization of the tongue as opposed to an overgrowth of organism seen in pseudomembranous candidiasis (thrush).

Hope this clears up a thing or two!

DR


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