The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Online ISSN : 1349-3329
Print ISSN : 0040-8727
ISSN-L : 0040-8727
Case Reports
Two Cases of Plunging Ranula Managed by the Intraoral Approach
Hiroshi HidakaTakeshi OshimaSeiji KakehataKen-ichi WatanabeMasaru ToshimaHideaki SuzukiToshimitsu Kobayashi
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2003 Volume 200 Issue 1 Pages 59-65

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Two cases of plunging ranula are reported. Treatment consisted of the total removal of the sublingual gland and evacuation of the cystic contents by the intraoral approach. The cyst remained just after the surgery in both cases, but then gradually regressed and disappeared within two months after the surgery. These findings support total removal of the sublingual gland as being the best method of treatment. We believe that complete dissection of the cyst with cervical incision as well as drainage of the cystic contents are unnecessary when the diagnosis of the plunging ranula is confirmed.

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