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

Updated: Apr 17, 2018
  • Author: Catherine M Flaitz, DDS, MS; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Superficial mucoceles may be confused with the following:

  • Bullous lichen planus
  • Recurrent herpes simplex infection
  • Minor aphthous ulcers (once lesions have ruptured) [15]
  • Oral ranula may resemble the following:
  • Benign or malignant salivary gland neoplasm
  • Dermoid cyst
  • Soft tissue space abscess
  • Hemangioma
  • Lymphangioma
  • Lipoma
  • Plexiform neurofibroma
  • Heterotopic gastrointestinal cyst

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