Base of tongue swelling
A 57-year-old lady was recently being treatment planned for dental implants. Upon evaluation of the full volume a soft tissue swelling, 8 x 10 mm was noticed in the left base of tongue region occluding part of the space between the left posterior side of the epiglottis and the tongue.
Any obvious asymmetries like this should be reported to the patient and their MD informed since an ENT examination is indicated. There has been an increase of base of tongue cancers over the last few years which may be linked to HP virus. These are not rare and thorough inspection of the pharyngeal airway region should always be performed.