Monopolar diathermy used for correction of ankyloglossia

J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. Apr-Jun 2010;28(2):130-3. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.66757.


Tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia or ankyloglossia inferior, is a relatively common finding in pediatric surgical outpatient clinics. It occurs as a result of a short, tight, lingual frenum causing tethering of the tongue tip. It is a common oral finding in infants and children, which is often neglected. Although most cases resolve or are asymptomatic, some patients develop articulation problems and other concerns related to poor tongue-tip mobility. In this article, we report on a 5-year old girl with a tongue tie, who underwent frenectomy using monopolar diathermy under local anesthesia without any postoperative complication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Diathermy
  • Electrosurgery / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lingual Frenum / abnormalities*
  • Lingual Frenum / surgery*
  • Oral Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Tongue Diseases / surgery*