Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Black Hairy Tongue Evaluation

An evaluation of black tongue begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with black tongue include:

  • Black tongue

Additional physical findings in someone with black tongue may include:

Tests may be required to exclude other conditions, which can cause similar symptoms.

Tests that may be used to evaluate black tongue include:

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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