Why Did The Mans Taste Buds Disappear?

October 21, 2019

It turns out that the peculiar appearance of his tongue indicates a potential blood condition.

When a 64-year-old man puts out his tongue for a physical examination, the doctor immediately notices some problems: his tongue is smooth and shiny, rather than a typical textured tongue. They quickly learned the reason: the taste buds of men disappeared.

According to the new report in the case, it turns out that the strange appearance of his tongue is a sign of potential blood condition and requires relatively simple treatment.

According to reports, the man lived in Singapore because his tongue was sore and red, and the burning sensation around his lips lasted for six months. He went to see a doctor. The report was released today (October 16th) in New York. In the times. New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors at the National University of Singapore observed that the man’s smooth tongue had no “nipples”, that is, the small protrusions on the tongue usually contained taste buds.

According to Healthline, the person’s symptoms are suitable for tongue inflammation called atrophic glossitis or color and texture changes, including the loss of many nipples.

But what causes atrophic glossitis? The blood test revealed an important clue: the human vitamin B12 content is very low.

He was diagnosed with pernicious anemia and had low levels of red blood cells due to vitamin B12 deficiency. In some cases, people develop pernicious anemia because their immune system attacks the proteins needed to absorb vitamin B12. In fact, further tests showed that the man had an autoimmune disease.

According to Healthline, red blood cells contain a protein called myoglobin, which is important for muscle health, including the tongue muscles.

Fortunately, according to the National Institutes of Health, pernicious anemia is usually easy to cure. Patients receive large doses of vitamin B12 in the form of injections or large doses of pills.

For the man, he received a vitamin B12 injection and his tongue returned to normal within a month. He will continue to need regular injections of vitamin B12 to prevent his vitamin B12 deficiency.