Which tongue lacerations do I need to repair?

You should repair those that cause problems with breathing, speech and/or gustation/swallowing: Bisect the tongue extending through the free edge – creating the “snake” look Have large mobile flaps or U-shaped defects (>1-2cm) Won’t stop bleeding Are avulsion or amputation injuries – which may require a surgeon (ENT, OMFS etc.) if complex.

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