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How is a ranula diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A doctor may diagnose a ranula simply by observing it. Taking a patient history detailing the first appearance and growth of the mass, as well as observing the location of the mass likely will help make a diagnosis. An MRI, x-ray, or fine-needle aspiration (using a needle to extract liquid from the mass) also may help make the diagnosis.

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