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Ranulas are salivary pseudocysts in the floor of the mouth adjacent to damaged salivary glands. Current surgical management is drainage of the ranula with removal of the offending gland. An analogous percutaneous procedure could potentially offer similar treatment efficacy in a more minimally invasive way.
To evaluate the outcomes of a cohort of patients with ranulas treated with percutaneous ranula aspiration and chemical ablation of the source salivary gland to see whether this technique could be proposed as a minimally invasive treatment alternative.
This retrospective single-center study evaluated 24 patients treated percutaneously for ranulas between January 2004 and December 2014. All patients were treated with percutaneous ranula aspiration and chemical ablation of the offending salivary gland. Treatment success and any complications were recorded.
Complete ranula eradication was successfully accomplished in 87.5% of the patients with no complications.
Initial results suggest that our technique of percutaneous aspiration of ranulas and chemical ablation of the source salivary gland is safe and effective.
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- Percutaneous treatment of ranulas: ultrasound-guided drainage with salivary gland chemical ablation
Zachary J. Brannan
Lacey J. Lubeley
Sean A. Sutphen
James W. Murakami
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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