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Plunging ranula.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22470797     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Plunging ranulas are rare cystic masses in the neck that are mucous retention pseudocysts from an obstructed sublingual gland. They "plunge" by extending inferiorly beyond the free edge of the mylohyoid muscle, or through a dehiscence of the muscle itself, to enter the submandibular space. Imaging demonstrates a simple cystic lesion in the characteristic location and can be used to delineate relevant surgical anatomy. Surgical excision of the collection and the involved sublingual gland is performed for definitive treatment. We present a case of plunging ranula in a 44 year old female who presented with a painless, slowly enlarged neck mass. Plunging ranulas should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cystic neck masses, specifically when seen extending over, or through, the mylohyoid muscle.
Vivek Kalra; Khurram Mirza; Ajay Malhotra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2011-06-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of radiology case reports     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1943-0922     ISO Abbreviation:  J Radiol Case Rep     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-03     Completed Date:  2012-09-19     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101494925     Medline TA:  J Radiol Case Rep     Country:  Unknown    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University, 333 Cedar St, New Haven, CT 06520-8042, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Neck / pathology*,  radiography
Ranula / diagnosis*
Sublingual Gland / pathology*,  radiography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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