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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Mucocele And Cancer On Lip

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Mucocele or cancer? Bump on lower lip, dome shaped red/white (varies), swelled around some (not much), Been there a month, I bite my lip there sometimes

Mucocele or cancer? Bump on lower lip, dome shaped red/white (varies), swelled around some (not much), Been there a month, I bite my lip there sometimes

Excisional biopsy: For persistent bump on the lip or other oral lesions, excisional biopsy should be performed to rule out neoplastic change or cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I had what we thought was a mucocele on the roof of my mouth. I had it removed and the oral surgeon called and said the biopsy showed no cancer, but it did show abnormal cells in the sample. What is he telling me? They want no-monthly vista for 1year

I had what we thought was a mucocele on the roof of my mouth. I had it removed and the oral surgeon called and said the biopsy showed no cancer, but it did show abnormal cells in the sample. What is he telling me? They want no-monthly vista for 1year

I believe: Your surgeon is communicating to you that she/he is pleased that the lesion was removed because, if left untreated, it might have developed into something serious. But she/he is confident that the problem was taken care of by the excision procedure. Be sure to comply with all rechecks recommended, or go in sooner if there is anything you question when looking and checking your moth. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Are lip mucoceles caused by hiv?

Are lip mucoceles caused by hiv?

HIV: There is no direct connection between mucoceles and hiv. ...Read more

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Can a mucocele be hard&firm? I have small 3mm lump inside lower lip, been there for 2 years, hasn't grown. Most mucoceles I have seen are soft. 25 yrs old

Can a mucocele be hard&firm? I have small 3mm lump inside lower lip, been there for 2 years, hasn't grown. Most mucoceles I have seen are soft. 25 yrs old

Mucocele: I agree most mucoceles are relatively soft. If this occurred from biting your lip, it could be a more hard fibrous lesion called a fibroma. Not likely to be anything serious but should see a doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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Can a mucocele appear on the outside of the bottom lip?

Can a mucocele appear on the outside of the bottom lip?

No: Mucoceles often show up on the inside of your lower lips, your gums, the roof of your mouth. ...Read more

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Can mucocele inside the lower lip be cancerous?

Can mucocele inside the lower lip be cancerous?

Unlikely: But it should be examined and treated if necessary. Call an oral surgeon for an appointment. ...Read more

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Will the mucocele inside my lip go away on its own?

Will the mucocele inside my lip go away on its own?

Sometimes: A mucocele or a minor salivary gland that backs up forming a bubble can seep back down or pop. This often is started from trama to lip pinching off the duct and fluids expand the skin. Most times they need to be surgically removed or dried and sealed with a laser. Talk to your dentist. ...Read more

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What is a good remedy for a small mucocele in bottom lip?

What is a good remedy for a small mucocele in bottom lip?

Excision: Visit your dentist or oral surgeon to see exactly what treatment you might need for your particular problem.

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Advice? Would the mucocele inside my lip go away eventually?

Advice? Would the mucocele inside my lip go away eventually?

Possibly: It can go away like it appeared. It might be resolved if you were to bite it, breaking it, and it does not fill back in to form vesicle. This a backed up minor saliva gland the form a bubble of fluid. Most commonly from trama, bite lip or injury. I can easily be reduced and sealed with a minor laser treatment in the dental office. They are an inconvience, not serious. ...Read more

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I have a bump inside my lower right lip. I've heard that it can be a mucocele but mine is colored clear is it still a mucocele?

Is? Can be.: I can't tell you for sure what it is without actually seeing it, but many mucoceles can have a clear liquid. If you still have it or it reoccurs you should have a dentist check it out. There are other possible lesions that might appear similar and even some mucoceles need treatment other than just "popping" it. ...Read more

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I have lots of mucoceles in my lower lip with different sizes (like 10 of them). I don't feel good about them. Is it an oral caner?

I have lots of mucoceles in my lower lip with different sizes (like 10 of them). I don't feel good about them. Is it an oral caner?

See your dentist: See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. We can't diagnose oral conditions over the internet, especially sight unseen. ...Read more

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I had a mucocele removal yesterday and I still feel numbness in my left sid of the lower lip which the mucocele was in. Is that normal?

I had a mucocele removal yesterday and I still feel numbness in my left sid of the lower lip which the mucocele was in. Is that normal?

Perhaps: This happens sometimes. It is best to call the surgeon who performed the procedure to advise him\her of what you feel, get some advice, and when he\she wants to see you for a follow up visit. ...Read more

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Home treatment for lip mucoceles with salt?

Can't treat at home: A mucocele is caused by a blockage of thick mucous saliva produced by one of many small salivary glands in the lower lip. Though it might make sense to simply drain the saliva causing the cyst-like swelling of the lip, a cure of the problem is only possible by surgically removing the small gland producing the saliva that cannot drain. See your oral surgeon while it is swollen. ...Read more

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Can I go to the ER to have a mucocele removed from my lower lip?

Can I go to the ER to have a mucocele removed from my lower lip?

No: Why would you want to go to the ER for removal? ER docs not trained in this procedure. See oral surgeon or ENT for best results. ...Read more

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Are oral mucoceles on the lower lip associated with early signs of HIV?

Are oral mucoceles on the lower lip associated with early signs of HIV?

No: It just isn't. You're almost a grown man now, and it's time that you get a yearly HIV check like a responsible guy should. But these little lip cysts aren't a problem. ...Read more

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Laser removal or surgical excision of a mucocele on lower lip - which one is better?

Laser removal or surgical excision of a mucocele on lower lip - which one is better?

Mucocele: Surgical excision will likely be best to minimize risk of recurrence. These lesions need to be fully removed for best prognosis. Even with surgical excision, these lesions tend to have a high recurrence rate. Ask your dentist/surgeon about these. Depending on the location, scarring could be an issue. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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