Excision of sublingual gland as treatment for ranulas in pediatric patients

Brittany N. Nguyen, Barbara N. Malone, James D. Sidman, Brianne Barnett Roby

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Objective The aim of this case study is to demonstrate that post-operative complication rates of sublingual gland excision for treatment of ranulas are equal to or less than alternative methods with a lower recurrence rate than other surgical methods. Methods This was a retrospective review of pediatric patients from 2004 to 2015 at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Sixteen ranulas and 6 plunging ranulas were treated via sublingual gland excision during this time frame. Data examined included age, gender, scans of the lesion, location and size of lesion, surgical procedures, complications, and recurrence. Results There were 22 patients who met criteria. Only one patient had recurrence of the lesion (4.5%). One patient reported lateral tongue numbness post-operatively, and one patient had a hypoglossal nerve injury, with tongue deviation upon exam. Both of these complications were temporary and resolved within months of the procedure. Conclusion Although sublingual gland excision is a definitive treatment for ranulas, many surgeons still utilize other methods such as marsupialization, drainage of the cyst, or excision of ranula alone as the primary method of treatment due to concerns about complications. This retrospective study demonstrates that excision of the sublingual gland is both a safe and effective method of treatment for ranulas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-156
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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