Is a ranula serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Ranulas do require treatment, but they are not serious in that they are not life threatening and do not typically cause pain. A ranula, if large enough, can lift the tongue and impair chewing, eating, and swallowing. However, a ranula responds well to treatment either by draining the cyst or having it surgically removed.

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