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lingual subepithelial nerve plexuses

Sunday 10 July 2005

Subepithelial nerve plexuses are associated with taste buds in the human tongue. It is a tortuous neural proliferation associated with the taste buds of the human tongue, with ganglion cells and intergemmal/intragemmal branches.


- nerve plexus ranging from 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter
- mature ganglion cells (1 to 5 in number)

Differential diagnosis

- lingual fibroma
- lingual neurofibroma
- lingual ganglioneuroma
- lingual syndrome-associated neuroma
- lingual traumatic neuroma


- McDaniel RK. Subepithelial nerve plexus (with ganglion cells) associated with taste buds. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 1999 May;87(5):605-9. PMID: 10348521