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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I have a lump or a bubble under my tongue. Is it worrisome?
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 »