Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mucocele Salivary Overview

Another name for Mucocele Salivary is Salivary Mucocele.

What is a salivary mucocele?
A person with a salivary mucocele has a cyst in a salivary gland. A cyst is an abnormal collection of fluid that is surrounded by a wall of tissue. A salivary mucocele usually forms beneath the inside surface of the cheek. Salivary mucoceles are caused by injuries to the salivary ducts, which transport saliva from the salivary glands to the mouth.

What are the symptoms of a salivary mucocele?
Symptoms of a salivary mucocele include small, swollen lumps or blisters beneath the inside surface of the cheek. A salivary mucocele may rupture, causing fluid to leak into the mouth. After the cyst bursts, a small mouth ulcer may form on the surface of the mouth.

How does the doctor treat a salivary mucocele?
Usually, a salivary mucocele does not require treatment. Treatment for deep salivary mucoceles may include surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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