ranula


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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

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

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]
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Ranula management: Suggested modifications in the micro-marsupialization technique.
Cystic lymphangioma and plunging ranula treated by OK-432 therapy: A report of two cases.
Criancas que apresentam ranula de tamanhos medios e/ou grandes apresentam dificuldade na fala causada pela alteracao do posicionamento da lingua.
Plunging ranula: a report of three cases and review of the literature.
Ranulas can be marsupialized, but recurrence can appear as the wound closes.
Oral Ranula in a Buffalo Bullock and its surgical removal.
Mucoceles & Ranula. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2003; 61: 369-378.
Based on the clinicoradiological and CECT findings, a tentative clinical diagnosis of plunging ranula was made with strong differential diagnoses of lymphangioma, dermoid, epidermoid cyst, thyroglossal cyst and cystic hygroma.
Less frequently effected regions are ventral surface of the tongue, floor of the mouth (ranula), hard and soft palate, buccal mucosa, and lingual frenum.
Ranula of dogs represents a sublingual salivary mucocele and not a dilated salivary duct, as it is not lined by epithelium but by connective tissue (Karbe and Nielsen, 2008).
A painless, bluish, submucosal swelling on one side of the floor of the mouth usually indicates the presence of a ranula. Rarely, such a swelling may be caused by an inflammatory disease process in a salivary gland, a neoplasm in the sublingual salivary gland, a lymphatic nodular swelling, or embryologic cysts.
(7,4,9) MRI can evaluate both glands simultaneously and MRI in coronal plane is very helpful in delineating the relationship of salivary gland lesions with other structures in the floor of mouth as in ranula (A mucous retention cyst) and in demonstrating the invasion of skull base, especially in parotid malignancy.