CASE REPORT

The effectiveness of frenotomy in the treatment of ankyloglossia: A case report from Adam Malik General Hospital Medan-Indonesia

Farhat Farhat , Rizalina A. Asnir, Ashri Yudhistira, Elvita Rahmi Daulay, Adrian Kadafi Lubis

Farhat Farhat
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, North Sumatera University/Adam Malik Hospital Medan-Indonesia. Email: farhatmedan@gmail.com

Rizalina A. Asnir
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, North Sumatera University/Adam Malik Hospital Medan-Indonesia

Ashri Yudhistira
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, North Sumatera University/Adam Malik Hospital Medan-Indonesia

Elvita Rahmi Daulay
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, North Sumatera University/Adam Malik Hospital Medan-Indonesia

Adrian Kadafi Lubis
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, North Sumatera University/Adam Malik Hospital Medan-Indonesia
Online First: April 15, 2018 | Cite this Article
Farhat, F., Asnir, R., Yudhistira, A., Daulay, E., Lubis, A. 2018. The effectiveness of frenotomy in the treatment of ankyloglossia: A case report from Adam Malik General Hospital Medan-Indonesia. Bali Medical Journal 7(1): 192-194. DOI:10.15562/bmj.v7i1.779


Background: Ankyloglossia is a congenital oral anomaly, which the lingual frenulum unusually short, restricting the movement of the tongue. Also, no relevant report has been published in Indonesia. This study was conducted to report an ankyloglossia case in Universitas Sumatera Utara/Adam Malik General Hospital Medan-Indonesia, and the frenotomy procedure that was taken to handle the cases.

Case: A 6 years old girl was unable to speak, was admitted to Adam Malik General Hospital. According to the alloanamnesis from her parents, she has been suffering from slurred speech for 5 years. The physical examination found her frenulum was attached very close to the tip of the tongue, and such condition was able to affect the ability to produce speech sounds which require raising or extending the tip of the tongue, the patient then diagnosed with ankyloglossia or tongue-tie. We did frenotomy to make her tongue free and able to touch her hard palate, post operation the patient learns speech therapy.

Results and discussion: The 6 years old girl underwent functional re-education and reported back with considerable improvement in her speech.

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