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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

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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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 exactly is the mucocele under the tounge?

What exactly is the mucocele under the tounge?

Cyst: A mucocele is a mucous retention cyst that can occur in any area of the mouth where there are minor salivary glands. It occurs when the duct is severed from the gland or the duct is blocked and saliva pools under the soft tissue.
A rather large type of mucocele, called a ranula, can also occur under the tongue. This involves one of the major salivary glands in this area. ...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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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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Does a mucocele tingle? Will it leave a dark spot?

Does a mucocele tingle? Will it leave a dark spot?

Not usually; no.: Mucoceles are blocked salivary ducts in the inside of the cheek, gum, floor of the mouth, or the palate. When they are on the floor of the mouth, they are called "ranula." They are harmless, usually due to unremembered trauma (even minor like biting your cheek), and are easily treated by oral surgeons, dentists, or ENT surgeons. They usually leave no scars or marks. Good luck! ...Read more

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How is an ethmoid mucocele removed surgically? Necessary to remove uncinate?

How is an ethmoid mucocele removed surgically? Necessary to remove uncinate?

Endoscopic surgery: An ethmoid mucocele means there is an air pocket or cell in your ethmoid sinus that is being expanded by mucus, progressively enlarging. It could cause pressure on the orbit, optic nerve, or skull base. To gain access to the ethmoid cavity in endoscopic sinus surgery requires removal of the uncinate, then draining of the mucocele. Instruments are used to grasp and remove diseased tissues. ...Read more

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I have a mildly troublesome mucocele, recently developed, at the back of my cheek. Live with it or have it excised?

I have a mildly troublesome mucocele, recently developed, at the back of my cheek. Live with it or have it excised?

Home remedies: There are some home remedies that you might want to try to get rid or or decrease the size of the mucocele. I would possibly first be seen by your dentist or an oral surgeon to evaluate the area to make sure that it is really a mucocele. Some remedies are: Swishing with warm saltwater and application of alum, honey, or evening primrose oil on the affected area. ...Read more

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I've been told I have a mucocele arising from my cecum. Not getting many answers. And just need some sort of feedback : (?

I've been told I have a mucocele arising from my cecum. Not getting many answers. And just need some sort of feedback : (?

An uncommon: Finding (and usually it arises from the APPENDIX (which is actually a tiny appendage to the Cecum) It is a finding now more often seen since COLONOSCOPIES have become routine! Not to worry. Just follow your GI specialists recommendation re re-examinations etc.

Hope this helps!

DR Z ...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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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

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Does daktarin helps in mucocele?

Does daktarin helps in mucocele?

Probably not..: Unless the mucocele is being caused by a fungus of some sort. I doubt it. ...Read more

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If it was a mucocele how would you remove it without surgery?

If it was a mucocele how would you remove it without surgery?

Mucocele: In my opinion, mucocele will need a surgical excision. If it is drained it runs the risk of reforming. Your doctor may inject steroids in the lesion and that may help in some cases. But even that is a invasive procedure!! ...Read more

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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 think I have a mucocele but I don't want surgery. Home remedies?

I think I have a mucocele but I don't want surgery. Home remedies?

Depends on size: A mucocele is caused when the duct to a minor salivary gland gets clogged or traumatized and the saliva backs up forming a fluid filled bump. They are most common on the lower lip but can occur elsewhere in the mouth as well. Small ones can resolve on their own. Large ones (as shown here) require surgical removal by and oral surgeon. If needed it is a minor surgery. ...Read more

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I'm getting my mucocele removed, I'm getting it done at 9 am, when can I go back to school?

I'm getting my mucocele removed, I'm getting it done at 9 am, when can I go back to school?

Next day or so: After any oral surgery, restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable. ...Read more

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What damage can be done by poking a mucocele with an unsterilized needle? Anything serious?

What damage can be done by poking a mucocele with an unsterilized needle? Anything serious?

Usually none: Draining a mucocele (of your lip) will not cure the problem and poking it with an unsterile needle could cause it to become infected. You should see and oral ; maxillofacial surgeon and have it treated properly. ...Read more

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I think I have a mucocele, to get it removed does it hurt a lot? And around how long do the stitches last? Will it hurt after they're in?

I think I have a mucocele, to get it removed does it hurt a lot? And around how long do the stitches last? Will it hurt after they're in?

Laser: Hi Kenneth! It's usually a fairly easy surgery. I use a soft tissue laser to remove mucoceles in my office. They usually heal with a few days and usually have very little discomfort after the procedure. I'm sure you would be able to see a dentist with a laser in your area. The procedure should take just a few minutes once you are numb. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Mucocele removed 5 mnths ago and recently the area that it was in is giving me a slight tingly irritating feelin. Also I feel numbness on lipremedies?

Mucocele removed 5 mnths ago and recently the area that it was in is giving me a slight tingly irritating feelin. Also I feel numbness on lipremedies?

Oral surgery: To remove the lesion can injure nerves in the area. The tingling & irritating feeling is described as paraesthesia, or altered sensation. The lip numbness is related. These damaged nerves can regenerate with time, but after 5 months the chances are minimal. There are some techniques to assist with regeneration. Consult w your surgeon about these post operative issues and options to help. ...Read more

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Mucocele sinus cyst and my gum on same side is blue-ish? Is this normal? Thanks

Mucocele sinus cyst and my gum on same side is blue-ish? Is this normal? Thanks

A mucocele: Is typically credited with a "bluish" color due to the trapped salivary discharge under the thin mucosal tissue. Consult with your dentist or an oral surgeon about this to be sure and to have treatment recommendations for your consideration. ...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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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

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