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what could a semi-hard lump under my tongue be?

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Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
22 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Stone vs. tumor : Under the tongue on each side, there is a major salivary gland called the sublingual gland. If a mass arises in this gland, it could be a stone, or a growth. The likelihood of a malignancy (cancer) in this particular gland is upwards of 50%. It could also be an oral cancer outside of the gland, especially in oral tobacco users and alcoholics. An urgent evaluation by otolaryngologist is in order.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
45 years experience Dentistry
Different Diagnoses: There are salivary glands in the floor of mouth & they can have infections, stones that block drainage of saliva, benign and cancer tumors. There are blood vessel abnormalities that can feel like a lump. There are also swollen lymph nodes both infectious and neoplastic. The most serious possibility is squamous cell carcinoma. You need to see a dentist who can evaluate the diagnosis and refer you.
Answered on Oct 1, 2016
Dr. Thomas Cosgrove
25 years experience Dentistry
See your dentist: You should see your dentist to rule out a more severe cause such as oral cancer. He will be able to recommend treatment if necessary.
Answered on Aug 23, 2016
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