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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

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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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Please let me know if there is 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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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 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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