Ranula: child discovers a case of this benign cyst of mouth

Written by: Dra. Angela Hernández Martín
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The mouth is a particularly sensitive area of the human body, a mucosal region in which occasionally can present even cysts, called ranulas. Meet the case of a 6 year old girl who was removed under general anesthesia.

A 6-year-old has an injury heals under the tongue des 3 weeks ago. There was no birth records nor previous trauma. The minor had discomfort when swallowing.

During the physical examination in child dermatology generally fluctuating soft mass, about 3cm in diameter, was detected and painless. It was located on the left side of the mouth. Submandibular skin overlying revealed no abnormalities.

All these symptoms pointed to a unique pathology and therefore clinically diagnosed ránula performed, and the lesion was excised under general anesthesia.

The ránula is a benign cyst containing mucous from the sublingual salivary gland. It occurs as a result of the rupture or blockage of the salivary duct. In children, the main differential diagnosis includes vascular malformations as lymphangiomas, infectious abscesses and soft tissue tumors.

In this patient histopathologic examination he confirmed that it was a salivary duct cyst or retention rate ránula. The positive aspect is that has not been observed recurrence after one year of follow-up.

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Dra. Angela Hernández Martín

By Dra. Angela Hernández Martín
Pediatric dermatology

Dr. Angela Martin Hernandez is a leader in the specialty of dermatology for its extensive training both nationally and internationally. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Hernandez is an expert in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and other areas of general dermatology. She practices at the Hospital of the Child Jesus and the Blessed Mary Anne Hospital.

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