How to Transport a Piece of Tongue

Overview

Follow these steps to transport a piece of severed tongue.

  1. Wrap the piece of tongue in a clean cloth or sterile gauze, if available.
  2. Put the wrapped piece of tongue in a bag of ice to keep it cool.
    • Do not put the tongue directly on the ice.
    • Do not immerse the tongue in ice water.
  3. Go to the emergency room right away.

    Be sure to take the bag with you.

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Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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