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What causes people to get a mucocele, can you help me?

What causes people to get a mucocele, can you help me?

Mucocoele: They are blocked salivary gland ducts that can swell. Sometimes they can be uncomfortable due to the swelling of the tissue, sometimes they pop open and drain and seemingly go away. They may recur. In rare instances they may need to be surgically opened or removed if they become problematic. ...Read more

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Mucocele (Definition)

Mucocele, also known as a mucous cyst, is the development of a painless sac of mucous in the mouth, most commonly on the interior of the lower lip, which form following blockage of salivary ducts or from the rupture of a salivary gland. Mucoceles are rarely medically worrisome but can develop into a permanent fibrous ...Read more


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I had surgery years ago in my mouth for a big Mucocele I had, and now my scar causes me a mild pain. Why would that be?

I had surgery years ago in my mouth for a big Mucocele I had, and now my scar causes me a mild pain. Why would that be?

Pain: When the surgery was done tissue had to be cut in order to remove the mucocele. Some small nerves inevitably are cut resulting is irreversible damage to the small nerves. Unfortunately what you are experiencing is a normal sequelae to surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a mucocele on tonsil covering? Semi hard small bump. Ent says nothing alarming. Would lymphatic tissue cause a bump? Worried:(

Is it possible to have a mucocele on tonsil covering? Semi hard small bump. Ent says nothing alarming. Would lymphatic tissue  cause a bump? Worried:(

Yes: The tonsil is comprised of bumpy lymphatic tissue with an irregular surface. Additional bumps may be due to a mucocele, cryptic debris, lymphatic tissue or neoplasia. Enlarging masses in the tonsils should be evaluated and possibly biopsied. ...Read more

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Can posterior ethmoid mucocele put enough pressure on eye to cause eye floaters?

Can posterior ethmoid mucocele put enough pressure on eye to cause eye floaters?

Unlikely: These lesions gradually put more pressure on the eye if they break through the bone barrier between the orbit and the ethmoid sinus. This will not cause floaters although if the eye is being pushed out of position, it might cause existing floaters to be more noticeable. An ENT doctor can help with removal of this mucocoele. ...Read more

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How to treat ranula?

Soft tissue laser: Ranula is blue swellings under the tongue, caused by salivary glands problem. See your dentist to remove the cyst and blocked gland with for soft tissue laser. It is the best cure and fastest healing and recovery. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a ranula (tongue cyst) surgically removed last week (pics). now 5 more are back! do I have a disease?

What to do if I had a ranula (tongue cyst) surgically removed last week (pics). now 5 more are back! do I have a disease?

No!: No, there are a couple of possibilities. Sometimes when a ranula or cyst is removed, an adjacent salivary gland duct is traumatized and obstructed by the surgery in the adjacent area. In that case, it may not drain properly; the gland produces saliva and you will form a new cyst in the location of the previous surgery. It is unpredictable and hard to avoid, but is a possibility . ...Read more

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I had a small ranula that was marsupialized six months ago. Within two weeks it returned, much larger. It now fills the entire left floor of my mouth.?

I had a small ranula that was marsupialized six months ago. Within two weeks it returned, much larger. It now fills the entire left floor of my mouth.?

Recurrent ranula: Ranulas recur least when they are excised as opposed to being marsupialised. See an otolaryngologist to discuss your options, given this recurrence. ...Read more

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If a ranula fills the entire floor of mouth will removal surgery be more complicated?

If a ranula fills the entire floor of mouth will removal surgery be more complicated?

Ask Oral Surgeon: Treatment of ranulas could involve either marsupialization or more often excision of both the gland and lesion. Ranulas are likely to recur if the sublingual gland or other gland causing them is not also removed with the lesion. The best and most accurate anwser for you is to see your oral surgeon. ...Read more

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