A comparison of three methods used for treatment of ranula

J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1995 Mar;53(3):280-2; discussion 283. doi: 10.1016/0278-2391(95)90224-4.


Purpose: This report compares the treatment results for oral and plunging ranulas.

Patients and methods: Twenty-seven patients were retrospectively examined concerning treatment methods and recurrence on the basis of their medical records. The surgical specimens were also examined microscopically.

Results: Four patients had excision of the ranula only, 22 had marsupialization, and nine had removal of the sublingual gland combined with the excision of the ranula. These treatments showed a 25.0%, 36.4% and 0% recurrence rate, respectively. Histological observation revealed no epithelial lining in any of the examined specimens.

Conclusions: Removal of the sublingual gland combined with the ranula was the most reliable method among the above three used.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Ranula / surgery*
  • Recurrence
  • Reoperation
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Salivary Gland Diseases / surgery
  • Sublingual Gland / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome