What is the recurrence rate of cervical ranula after surgery?

Updated: Oct 19, 2020
  • Author: Catherine M Flaitz, DDS, MS; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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When the responsible major salivary gland is removed, the cervical ranula resolves and has a low risk of recurrence. With drainage of the cervical ranula alone, the recurrence rate is greater than 85%. When the sublingual gland is intraorally excised along with drainage of the cervical pseudocyst, no recurrences are observed. A cervical approach to excision of the neck pseudocyst and the sublingual gland has a low recurrence rate (approximately 4%). In a 2019 proportion meta-analysis, oral and cervical resection of a cervical ranula did not show significant differences in the cure rate based on the surgical approach—intraoral was 98.95% and cervical was 91.51%. [51]

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