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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more