Hi, I had a clinical the other day, and I noticed something strange when I was viewing my pt's mouth. I had never seen it before, although I have seen the tongue characteristic of anemia. This pt's oral mucosa was bright pink (very strange coloration). His tongue had longitudinal grooves in it (fissures) and his tongue was bubble-gum pink... almost like a hot pink. I know that findings associated with anemia and dehydration are often fissured, smooth tongue that is dark "beefy" red in coloration. Is it always beefy red, though? Futhermroe, Is there another condition in which the pt's mouth will appear bright pink with a fissured tongue? His tongue was not coated. The whole tongue was bubble-gum pink. The texture of his tongue reminded me of a piece of wood, and I could not see any taste buds. His lips and gingivae were the same way. I couldn't really evaluate his conjunctiva because he has open angle glaucoma and his conjunctiva and sclera were extremely dry and reddened. I had not given him his drops yet.
Thank you for reading my question and attempting to help me!