How common are Ranulas?
Ranulas are less common (0.2 cases per 1000 persons) and tend to occur in children and young adults.
The lateral aspect of the lower lip is the most common site for mucoceles, but other common sites include the floor of the mouth and ventrum of the tongue.
Ranulas typically present in the floor of the mouth..
What does a Ranula look like?
A ranula usually presents as a translucent, blue, dome-shaped, fluctuant swelling in the tissues of the floor of the mouth. If the lesion is deeper, then there is a greater thickness of tissue separating from the oral cavity and the blue translucent appearance may not be a feature.
Can a Ranula go away on its own?
A simple, small ranula is usually minor and resolves itself without treatment. Larger ranulas can be more complicated, but with treatment the outlook is generally positive. Surgery to remove the cyst and the sublingual gland may produce the best outcome. There are currently no known ways to prevent a ranula.
How do you treat a Ranula?
The more traditional method of surgery for an oral ranula is complete excision of the ranula and associated major salivary gland. Laser ablation and cryosurgery, either alone or after marsupialization, have been used for some patients with oral ranula.
How do you get a Ranula?
If one of the salivary glands, usually the sublingual gland, is injured or diseased the saliva will no longer reach the mouth where it can be swallowed. The saliva leaks out of the injured gland and forms a bubble of fluid in the tissue around the gland which is called a ranula.
How long does a Ranula last?
The duration of the lesion is usually 3-6 weeks; however, it may vary from a few days to several years in exceptional instances.