Causes Of Bumps Under The Tongue?
Hello. On my lower tongue there is a kind of clear lump. I’m looking for an explanation, there is such a thing as mococele. Can be appointed, or left for months. Are there other quick alternative methods besides appointment?
Good evening, thanks for the question
Mucocele is a disorder of the salivary glands which is quite common. Lumps formed due to changes in the salivary glands due to trauma such as the habit of biting the lips, then there is accumulation of mucus in it so that the lump then enlarges. The location of the bumps includes the lower lip, under the tongue, gums, or palate.
The diagnosis is made by a very typical physical examination. Mucocele can cause discomfort when talking, chewing, or swallowing.
Handling can be with several methods such as excision, cryotherapy, or laser. What is often done is a conventional technique that is by making an elliptical excision then lifting the lump up to the muscle layer and small salivary glands around it, then suturing.
The possibility of a superficial mucocele to return after excision surgery is relatively high in almost 50% of cases. Because of the high recurrence rate, the excision must be broad ranging from the mucosa, salivary glands, to the muscle layers below to prevent recurrence. If fluid is only suctioned in the mucocele, complaints can reappear after the wound has healed.
Other possible methods to reduce the lump or to temporarily delay surgery include steroid injection or topical therapy on the lump surface.
Consult with your doctor so that further examinations and treatment plans can be carried out.
That's all, hope you can help
Wassalam, Dr. Farah