Rapid Development of a Simple Ranula in a Child

Dinesh K umar Sathanantham, Gopi B. Shah, Seckin Ulüalp

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Objective: A simple ranula is a gradually progressive, benign condition of the salivary gland. The report here describes a very rare case of a simple ranula enlarging in an acute fashion, resulting in airway obstruction. Case Report: A 7-year-old girl presented with swelling in the floor of the mouth, pushing the tongue upward and backward, requiring immediate nasotracheal intubation. Magnetic resonance imaging suggested a simple ranula requiring urgent surgery. The patient was followed up 4 weeks after discharge, at which time she was doing well. Conclusion: To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first case reported of a simple ranula presenting in an acute fashion, leading to airway compromise in a pediatric patient. The literature is reviewed and features of diagnosis and treatment are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-325
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • acute presentation
  • airway obstruction
  • floor of the mouth swelling
  • ranula
  • rapid development of swelling
  • simple ranula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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