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What does the world think of ankyloglossia?

Jin, RR; Sutcliffe, A; Vento, M; Miles, C; Travadi, J; Kishore, K; Suzuki, K; ... Oei, JL; + view all (2018) What does the world think of ankyloglossia? Acta Paediatrica , 107 (10) pp. 1733-1738. 10.1111/apa.14242. Green open access

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Abstract

AIM: The diagnosis of tongue-tie (or ankyloglossia) has increased more than 10-fold in some countries. Whether this is a global phenomenon or related to cultural and professional differences is uncertain. METHODS: An online survey in English, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish was disseminated between May to November 2016 via 27 international professional bodies to >30 clinical professions chosen a priori to represent occupations involved in the management of neonatal ankyloglossia. RESULTS: A total of 1,721 responses came from nursing (51%), medical (40%), dental (6%) and allied health (4%) clinicians. Nurses (40%) and allied health (34%) professionals were more likely than doctors (8%) to consider ankyloglossia as important for lactation problems, as were Western (83%) compared to Asian (52%) clinicians. Referrals to clinicians for ankyloglossia management originated mainly from parents (38%). Inter-professional referrals were not clearly defined. Frenotomies were most likely to be performed by surgeons (65%) and dentists (35%), who were also less likely to be involved in lactation support. Clinicians performing frenotomies were more likely to consider analgesia as important compared to those not performing frenotomies. CONCLUSION: The diagnosis and treatment of ankyloglossia varies considerably around the world and between professions. Efforts to standardize management are required. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: What does the world think of ankyloglossia?
Location: Norway
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/apa.14242
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.14242
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Ankyloglossia, frenotomy, opinion, survey
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043545
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