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How does a ranula affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A ranula affects the body by forming a mass beneath the tongue that can interfere with eating, chewing, and swallowing. It is typically painless, but it can grow large enough to raise the tongue or fill the mouth. Occasionally, a ranula may cause pain and may interfere with speech.

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What does a ranula look like?
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