What causes a ranula?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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 is the rate of incidence for ranulas?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Simple ranulas (the most typical form) are not common. They occur in about two of every 10,000 peopl...
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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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How common are mouth cysts (ranulas)?
Ranulas, or mouth cysts, are common. According to one estimate, about 2.5 ranulas are found per ...
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Is there a cure for a ranula?
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Surgery to remove the cyst and blocked gland is the best cure for a ranula and typically prevents re...
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