AN OVERVIEW ON ORAL MUCOCELE
1Ghayathri Vijaya Kumaran, Nithya Jagannathan
Mucocele is a common lesion of the oral mucosa that results from an alteration of minor salivary glands due to a mucous accumulation. The most frequent localizations of these lesions are the lower lip mucosa. It also presents on other locations like tongue, buccal mucosa, soft palate, retromolar pad and lower labial mucosa. Two histological types exist, extravasation and retention. Mucoceles can appear at any site of the oral mucosa where minor salivary glands are present. Mucoceles can affect the general population but most commonly young patients between the age of 20-30 years. Clinically, they consist of soft bluish and transparent cystic swelling which occurs spontaneously.
Mucocele, minor salivary glands, extravasation, retention and buccal mucosa.