The Effectiveness of Frenotomy in the Treatment of Ankyloglossia: A Case Report from Adam Malik General Hospital Medan-Indonesia
Asnir, Rizalina Arwinati
Daulay, Elvita Rahmi
Lubis, Adrian Kadaf
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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.