Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of mucoceles?

Updated: Apr 16, 2018
  • Author: Catherine M Flaitz, DDS, MS; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Mucoceles may mimic the following:

  • Benign or malignant salivary gland neoplasms
  • Hemangioma
  • Lymphangioma
  • Venous varix or venous lake
  • Soft irritation fibroma
  • Oral lymphoepithelial cyst
  • Gingival cyst in adults
  • Soft tissue abscess
  • Cysticercosis (parasitic infection)
  • Anterior lingual mucoceles (Blandin-Nuhn mucoceles) may resemble the following:
  • Hemangioma
  • Pyogenic granuloma
  • Fibroepithelial polyp

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