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ranula

 [ran´u-lah]
a cystic tumor beneath the tongue due to obstruction and dilatation of the sublingual or submaxillary gland or of a mucous gland. adj., adj ran´ular.
pancreatic ranula a retention cyst of the pancreatic duct.

ran·u·la

(ran'yū-lă),
1. Hypoglottis.
2. Any cystic tumor of the undersurface of the tongue or floor of the mouth, especially one of the floor of the mouth due to obstruction of the duct of the sublingual glands. Synonym(s): ptyalocele, ranine tumor, sialocele, sublingual cyst
[L. tadpole, dim. of rana, frog]

ranula

/ran·u·la/ (ran´u-lah) a cystic tumor beneath the tongue.ran´ular
pancreatic ranula  a retention cyst of the pancreatic duct.

ranula

(răn′yə-lə)
n.
A cyst on the underside of the tongue caused by the obstruction of a duct of a salivary gland.

ranula

[ran′yoo͡lə] pl. ranulae
Etymology: L, rana, frog
a large mucocele in the floor of the mouth, usually caused by obstruction of the ducts of the sublingual salivary glands and less commonly caused by obstruction of the ducts of the submandibular salivary glands. Also called hydroglossa.
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ranula

Anatomy
An obsolete synonym for hypoglottis, see there.
  
Medspeak
A nonspecific term for a sublingual retention cyst.

ran·u·la

(ran'yū-lă)
1. Hypoglottis.
2. Any cystic tumor of the undersurface of the tongue or floor of the mouth, especially one of the floor of the mouth due to obstruction of the duct of the sublingual glands.
Synonym(s): ptyalocele, sialocele, sublingual cyst.
[L. tadpole, dim. of rana, frog]

ranula

A translucent, saliva-filled cyst under the tongue caused by obstruction of the duct of one of the salivary glands, usually by a salivary stone (calculus). Treatment is by opening the cyst and stitching the edges of the incision to keep it open (MARSUPIALIZATION).

ran·u·la

(ran'yū-lă)
Any cystic tumor of the undersurface of the tongue or floor of the mouth.
Synonym(s): sialocele.
[L. tadpole, dim. of rana, frog]

ranula (ran´ūlə),

n a large mucocele in the floor of the oral cavity. It usually results from obstruction of the ducts of the sublingual salivary glands. Less often, it results from obstruction of the ducts of the submandibular salivary glands.
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Ranula.

ranula

a cystic enlargement beneath the tongue due to obstruction and dilatation of the sublingual or submaxillary gland.

pancreatic ranula
a retention cyst of the pancreatic duct.
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After adequate infiltration of the submucosal area of the ranula with normal saline and lidocaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine, we extirpated the ranula carefully.
Our injection technique involves beveling the needle toward the ranula and meticulously injecting the solution under pressure into the plane.
We dissected along the infiltration plane to the ranula while managing to avoid rupturing it and preventing the loss of too much soft tissue.
Moreover, when excision is performed with a cold knife or a laser, the surgeon must take great care to avoid rupturing the ranula because the cystic wall is thin and friable.
Excision of both the ranula and the sublingual gland via an intraoral approach has been recommended, but we believe that complete extirpation of the sublingual gland is unnecessary.
Removal of a ranula via hydrodissection preserves the surrounding normal tissue and the dissection plane.
Yoshimura Y, Obara S, Kondoh T, Naitoh S, A comparison of three methods used for treatment of ranula.
Cystic lymphaugioma and pluuging ranula treated by OK-432 therapy: A report of two cases.
The patient is still under regular observation, and the ranula had not recurred during 1 year of follow-up.
A ranula is similar to a cystic hygroma in that it has a very thin wall.
Based on our experience, we conclude that sclerosing therapy with OK-432 is an effective treatment for a ranula when surgery might prove to be risky.
Cystic lymphangioma and plunging ranula treated by OK-432 therapy: A report of two cases.