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Strawberry tongue
Classification and external resources

Scarlet fever
ICD-9 529.3

Strawberry tongue is the appearance of tongue with inflamed red papillae, giving an appearance suggestive of a strawberry.

Associated conditions

It is seen in Kawasaki disease,[1] toxic shock syndrome,[2] and scarlet fever.[3]

It may mimic glossitis or B12 vitamin deficiency.[4]


  1. ^ Park AH, Batchra N, Rowley A, Hotaling A (May 1997). "Patterns of Kawasaki syndrome presentation". Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol. 40 (1): 41–50. PMID 9184977. 
  2. ^ Baehler EA, Dillon WP, Cumbo TJ, Lee RV (August 1982). "Prolonged use of a diaphragm and toxic shock syndrome". Fertil. Steril. 38 (2): 248–50. PMID 7106318. 
  3. ^ Yang SG, Dong HJ, Li FR, et al. (November 2007). "Report and analysis of a scarlet fever outbreak among adults through food-borne transmission in China". J. Infect. 55 (5): 419–24. doi:10.1016/j.jinf.2007.07.011. PMID 17719644. 
  4. ^ Gary Williams, and Murray Katcher. "Skin Lesions:Strawberry Tongue". Primary Care Dermatology Module (University of Wisconsin Madison). Retrieved 2007-08-14. 


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