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Angiogenesis Inhibitor Drug-induced Benign Migratory Glossitis in a Patient of Juvenile-onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis under Maintenance Therapy

Namita Kalra, Rishi Tyagi, Amit Khatri, Khadeeja Kulood, Puja Sabherwal

Keywords : Angiogenesis inhibitor, Benign migratory glossitis, Case report, Juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, Oral mucosal

Citation Information : Kalra N, Tyagi R, Khatri A, Kulood K, Sabherwal P. Angiogenesis Inhibitor Drug-induced Benign Migratory Glossitis in a Patient of Juvenile-onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis under Maintenance Therapy. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2024; 17 (1):92-96.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-2739

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 14-03-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Background: Benign migratory glossitis or geographic tongue is a chronic recurring inflammatory condition of the oral cavity. With its ephemeral characteristics, there has been reported literature showing its association with the administration of certain drugs including angiogenesis inhibitors. The antiangiogenic drugs act by selectively inhibiting the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling. It has been widely used as an adjunct and a maintenance agent for the treatment of various cancers. Aims: This study aims to report probable characteristic oral mucosal changes in a patient with juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (JORRP) under maintenance therapy with an antiangiogenesis drug. Case description: The patient was presented with a burning sensation on having spicy food. This occurred after the completion of three cycles of bevacizumab infusion. It was associated with the appearance of migratory lesions over the tongue and evolved periods of remission and exacerbation. Clinical examination revealed lesions characteristic of the geographic tongue on the anterior two-thirds of the dorsal surface as well as the lateral surface of the tongue classified as type 2, according to Hume criteria. Oral examination revealed dental caries in relation to 52, 54, 62, 63, 74, and 85 teeth and grossly decayed 64. Topical lignocaine gel was instituted for symptomatic relief of the lesion. Full mouth rehabilitation with preventive and restorative therapeutic interventions was carried out. Clinical significance and conclusion: The documented literature along with this report put forth a probable association of geographic tongue with the use of bevacizumab drugs which requires further detailed studies. These lesions generally require symptomatic treatment with assurance only. The etiology is poorly understood.

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