ACTA Otorhinolaryngologica Belgica, vol.58, no.4, pp.161-163, 2004 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Hairy tongue or black hairy tongue is a benign condition characterized by hypertrophy of the filiform papillae that give the dorsum of the tongue a furry appearance. The color of the elongated papillae varies from yellowish white to brown or black. The etiology is unclear, but the disorder has been associated with numerous predisposing conditions such as heavy smoking, poor oral hygiene, use of topical or systemic antibiotics, systemic corticosteroid therapy, yeast infections, and radiotherapy for head and neck malignancies. A case is presented in which a hairy tongue appeared in a 67-year-old man.