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Mucocele (Overview)

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 bump if not drained.


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My wife has mucocele that does not seem to heal for months now. It is painless but just looks odd. What are the options?

My wife has mucocele that does not seem to heal for months now. It is painless but just looks odd. What are the options?

Surgery: A persistent mucocele should be marsupialized or excised. There is also the option of careful observation, with the hope that it will spontaneously decompress and form scar tissue that can prevent recurrence. This is less likely since the mucocele has persisted for months. ...Read more

Mucocele (Overview)

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 bump if not drained.


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Please let me know if there are any signs of mucocele healing?

Yes: If you have a mucocele, and it disappears, it has healed. If it is still there, it has not healed. ...Read more

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I have a mucocele as diagnosed by my dr. Should I refrain from kissing/sexual activity until I get it removed?

I have a mucocele as diagnosed by my dr. Should I refrain from kissing/sexual activity until I get it removed?

No risk: A mucocele is just a back-up salivary gland that forms a bubble- like growth. It is not contagious or dangerous. Most are started by some trama to lip or cheek. They should be removed due to repeat interference during biting or chewing. Minor surgery. No special precautions needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease swelling in my lower lip caused by puncturing a mucocele last evening?

What can I do to decrease swelling in my lower lip caused by puncturing a mucocele last evening?

Time: It will take time to heal. You could try some ice. If it is not better in a couple weeks see an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Painless blister formed this morning. Does this sound like a mucocele and does the white skin mean that it's healing?

Painless blister formed this morning. Does this sound like a mucocele and does the white skin mean that it's healing?

Inadequate info: This is not enough information to even guess at an answer. Without being able to physically examine your blister, giving an accurate answer on this forum is impossible anyway. Go see a dentist if the blister is in your mouth, or a physicoan if elsewhere, and get it checked. ...Read more

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Can a sinus mucocele ever be treated as an in-office procedure or is it always outpatient at a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia?

Can a sinus mucocele ever be treated as an in-office procedure or is it always outpatient at a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia?

Depends on location: If this is a peripheral lesion it can be treated in the office. If it is located around the airway, that is neck or face, a general anesthetic may be preferable. Talk to your surgeon about options. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of mucocele?

What is the treatment of mucocele?

Re,oval: Mucocele is cyst of mucus gland removal by excision is the best method,. ...Read more

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Soft painless blister in lower inner cheek for 5 weeks. I think it is mucocele. How to cure it other than surgery? It varies in size gets big/small

Soft painless blister in lower inner cheek for 5 weeks. I think it is mucocele. How to cure it other than surgery? It varies in size gets big/small

Cheek blister?: Why are you waiting so long to get this examined? And why are you self-diagnosing?
Any lesion in your mouth that has not healed within 7-10 days, and especially one that changes in shape and/or size, needs to be examined clinically and possibly biopsied.
See your dentist or an oral surgeon ASAP for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a mucocele?

How to get rid of a mucocele?

Surgery : A mucocele of the lip should be surgically excised. ...Read more

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Swollen upper lip in the middle. Doctors thought it was a mucocele, but after surgery ruled that out. Ongoing swelling for 6 months?

Swollen upper lip in the middle. Doctors thought it was a mucocele, but after surgery ruled that out. Ongoing swelling for 6 months?

Hmmm: I do not see why a qualified oral surgeon would not be able to diagnose and treat the problem within this time frame. The facts given are sketchy and therefore difficult for us to comment on further. I would get a second opinion from a well respected oral surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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Ent stated risk of synechiae and stenosis for surgery to remove ethmoid mucocele and turbinate reduction. How likely the risks?

Ent stated risk of synechiae and stenosis for surgery to remove ethmoid mucocele and turbinate reduction. How likely the risks?

Applies to all: Any nasal or sinus surgery includes the risk of scar bands in the nose(synechiae) but this is quite rare in a well performed operation. Even if it occurs, many can be easily lysed(cut) in the office post-op. So, not really a big concern. Stenosis of what? The nostril can narrow, the sinus cavity can narrow, so not sure what she/he was referring to there. Get more details. ...Read more

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Do mucoceles itch?

Do mucoceles itch?

Itch: Generally no. See your dentist/ENT MD for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can mucoceles refill?

If not removed. : A mucocele will generally refill unless the entire damaged gland is removed. The procedure is simple. But simply draining the fluid filled lumen of the mucocele will not solve the problem permanently. ...Read more

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What does mucoceles look like?

What does mucoceles look like?

Mucocele: See the attached photo. They are generally sacs filled with a blueish color. Google "mucocele" and hit the images button for more photos: https://www.Google. Com/search? Q=mucocele;source=lnms;tbm=isch;sa=x;ei=_u5qu8x0ok6m7aaq-yh4ag;sqi=2;ved=0cayq_auoaq;biw=1680;bih=955. ...Read more

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Como puedo quitarme el mucocele?

Como puedo quitarme el mucocele?

Mucocele: Mucoceles are swollen minor salivary glands. The usual treatment is surgical removal. They do not respond to do-it-yourself treatment. Please see your Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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Who do I go to remove an oral mucocele?

Who do I go to remove an oral mucocele?

Start with your DDS: Or speak to your family doctor several spelialists remove oral lesions oral surgeons, ENT and general surgeons. It is minor low risk out patient procedure. ...Read more

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Will keeping ice on mucocele make it go away?

Will keeping ice on mucocele make it go away?

Unlikely: A mucocele results when the duct to the affected salivary gland is occluded and does not allow the saliva to empty into the mouth. Ice will probably not resolve the obstruction. ...Read more

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What to do about oral issues: do mucoceles itch?

What to do about oral issues: do mucoceles itch?

Mucoceles: I have not known mucoceles to itch. They wax and wane. You should see your dentist/oral pathologist to determine the cause of the itch (allergy and if so to what?). They may refer you to your MD/ENT if need be. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you have a mucocele, does it itch?

It can: Sensory nerves get stretched as the tissue stretches, and this can be interpreted by your brain as an itching sensation. Let your dentist examine your mucocele. Referral to an oral surgeon may be in order. ...Read more

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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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How much does it usually cost to have a mucoceles removed after insurance?

How much does it usually cost to have a mucoceles removed after insurance?

Depends: Depends on if you stay in network, if you've satisfied your deductible and what your plan breakdown is. ...Read more

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I have had this mucocele for 5 months and it has grown longer. Is it serious?

I have had this mucocele for 5 months and it has grown longer. Is it serious?

See your dentist: A mucocele is a clogged salivary duct. If you can't pop it by squeezing it between your fingers then see your dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have had this mucocele for 5 months and it has grown longer. Is it serious?

Any advice? I have had this mucocele for 5 months and it has grown longer. Is it serious?

Not usually: Mucoceles in the mouth quite commonly occur when the duct of a salivary gland is occluded, usually by trauma and the saliva cannot empty into the mouth. It is a benign problem, but can be annoying due to the size of the swelling. The most common area in the mouth is the tissue inside the lower lip. Removal of the affected gland and some adjacent glands is the recommended treatment. ...Read more

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I think I have a mucocele, it fits all the symptoms but I'm really afraid it won't get better. Will it?

Danger: There's danger in self-diagnosis. Assuming you're correct it's best to be examined by an Oral Surgeon to determine if you need treatment or observation. If you're wrong, and it's something else, either benign or more serious, it's best to be properly diagnosed to determine appropriate treatment. See an Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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My wife has mucocele that does not seem to heal for months now. It is painless but just looks odd. What are the options?

Surgery: A persistent mucocele should be marsupialized or excised. There is also the option of careful observation, with the hope that it will spontaneously decompress and form scar tissue that can prevent recurrence. This is less likely since the mucocele has persisted for months. ...Read more

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Are mucoceles contagious?

Are mucoceles contagious?

No: Mucoceles are a local condition whereby the glad is not draining properly and you are collecting salivary fluid under the tissue. If it's a larger mucocele, have it removed before it ruptures and scars. This can make it more difficult to remove in the future. ...Read more