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What does a ranula look like?

A ranula is swollen mass beneath the tongue that is often blue in color. The name ranula comes from the Latin rana, which means "frog-like" or "appearing like a frog." That is because ranula have a blue tinge and are bulging and may look like a frog's underbelly. They may also have a translucent appearance and tend to have a smooth surface.

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What is a plunging ranula?
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A ranula is a mucous cyst found on the floor of the mouth. For a plunging ranula, the cyst extends b...
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What increases my risk for a ranula?
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Mouth surgery may increase the risk for getting a ranula. Some ranulas form spontaneously, but other...
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Should I talk to my doctor about my ranula symptoms?
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If you have a ranula (mouth cyst) you should speak to your doctor. While ranulas are usually painles...
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How do I manage my ranula on a daily basis?
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The best way to manage a ranula is to see a doctor. Ranulas can grow large enough to impair chewing,...
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