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What causes a ranula?

A ranula is caused by a blocked salivary or sublingual gland. Sometimes they occur spontaneously. Other times they are the result of mouth trauma, such as surgery.

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What does a ranula look like?
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A ranula is swollen mass beneath the tongue that is often blue in color. The name ranula comes from ...
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Can a ranula be prevented?
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There is no known way to prevent a ranula from forming. Ranulas only occur in one of two ways. One w...
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What is a simple ranula?
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A ranula is a mucous cyst found on the floor of the mouth. For a simple ranula, the mass is containe...
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Is a ranula serious?
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Ranulas do require treatment, but they are not serious in that they are not life threatening and do ...
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