frenulum

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frenulum

[′fren·yə·ləm]
(anatomy)
A small fold of integument or mucous membrane.
A small ridge on the upper part of the anterior medullary velum.
(invertebrate zoology)
A spine on most moths that projects from the hindwings and is held to the forewings by a clasp, thus coupling the wings together.
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Faced with losses generated by an altered lingual frenulum, it was perceived how important an early diagnosis is in order to promote the development of feeding and child communication.
Under local anaesthesia of topical application of 4% lignocaine and infiltration by half cc of 1% lignocaine diluted in half cc of distilled water on either side of the lingual frenulum, tongue is held using Babcock forceps and lifted towards the upper incisors to expose the lingual frenulum.
No statistical differences were verified between the Research Group (RG) and the Control Group (CG) on hearing complaint, lingual frenulum and non-nutritive suction (p>0.05 for all analyses).
In Z-plasty, a releasing incision was made on superior border and other on the inferior border of lingual frenulum. Two flaps were raised, interchanged and stitched to increase the length of frenulum.
Its excretory duct, the Submandibular (Wharton's) duct, opens at a small fleshy prominence (the sublingual caruncle) on each side of the lingual frenulum oil the floor of the oral cavity.
These glands extend laterally and towards the rear of the medial line, forming a horseshoe-like mass with an aperture toward the posterior draining through four to six ducts opening near the lingual frenulum; the characteristics of their secretion products have not been precisely determined, but have been histologically described as a set of seromucous acini in their anterior part associated to mucous acini in their posterior part (3).
There have been various reports of other complications with LMA insertion namely necrotic mucosal tissue and defects in the posterior pharyngeal wall (4) and tearing of the lingual frenulum caused by insertion of the ProSeal LMA in a child (5).
Alison Hazelbaker developed the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) in order to clarify the impact of a tethered frenulum in babies with breastfeeding problems, (Hazelbaker, 1993).
It is rooted to the floor of the mouth by the lingual frenulum making it impossible to get the tongue far enough back in the throat to swallow.
The frenulum of tongue (or lingual frenulum) is a small fold of mucous membrane extending from the floor of mouth to the midline of underside of the tongue.
Although lingual frenulum is a widely discussed subject [1,7], its anatomical characteristics have not been extensively studied.