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Original Article
July 1977

Ranula and the Sublingual Salivary Glands

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(7):397-400. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780240055007

• The term "ranula" is poorly understood and is frequently applied to a variety of cystic structures in the head and neck. Ranulas classically are cysts of salivary gland origin, usually the sublingual glands, of which two varieties are described: a simple, epithelial lined cyst resulting from ductal obstruction, and a pseudocyst without epithelial lining resulting from extravasation of saliva that dissects through the tissue planes of the neck and may appear as a neck mass. Four cases are presented that illustrate the difficulties in diagnosis; treatment consists of meticulous dissection of the thin-walled sac in continuity with the excision of the sublingual glands that are the origin of these lesions.

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