What does a ranula look like?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

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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