Ranula is a cyst formed by a blocked salivary gland in the mouth. It is commonly found on the floor of the mouth and varies in size. If it is a simple one, it remains confined to the sublingual gland. Another type of ranula is called plunging ranula. It occurs when a simple ranula ruptures. But it also occurs due to trauma in the floor of the mouth. The other cause is unknown. It is treated by laser ablation and cryosurgery either alone or with marsupialization.
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Query: Hello doctor, I was not brushing my teeth regularly, and I felt two small hard movable lumps at the base or floor of my mouth where the tongue meets the front two teeth. I do not drink or smoke. Am I at risk of oral cancer? The small lumps are not painful unless pressed very hard with the tongue. I ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Upon review, these were the findings: a) Two swellings with respect to lower left and right central incisors. b) Poor oral hygiene. The provisional diagnosis could be pyogenic granuloma or chronic generalized gingivitis. It could also be a ranula. Elaborately the... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, I think that I have developed some kind of a lump or a bubble overnight under my tongue. I am just wondering whether I should be concerned or not. It has not happened overnight but I only noticed it this morning however I could be wrong. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If the lump is big enough to be held by your finger when you palpate physically, it may need a biopsy. However, from the photo that you have shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it looks like a common ranula to me. If... Read Full »