What are the recurrence rates of an oral ranula after surgery?

Updated: Apr 16, 2018
  • Author: Catherine M Flaitz, DDS, MS; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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The recurrence rates of an oral ranula is variable depending on the size of the lesion and the surgical procedure performed. The rates of recurrence with various surgical treatment methods are as follows [48] :

  • Incision and drainage, 71-100%
  • Ranula excision only, 0-25%
  • Marsupialization only, 61-89%
  • Marsupialization with packing, 0-12% (limited studies)
  • Complete excision of the ranula with the sublingual gland, 0-2%

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