Plunging ranula

Case contributed by Dr Ammar Haouimi


Progressive painless swelling of the left submandibular space

Patient Data

Age: 15 years
Gender: Female

A well-defined left submandibular cystic mass with thin wall and homogeneous echogenic content, posteromedial to the ipsilateral submandibular gland which appears of normal size and echotexture but displaced anterolaterally. The right submandibular gland is of normal size and echotexture.


The mass is well-circumscribed, of cystic nature with no peripheral enhancement, located in the left sublingual space between the mylohyoid muscle laterally, geniohyoid/genioglossus complex medially, and the ipsilateral submandibular gland posterolaterally with extension to the adjacent submandibular space.

Case Discussion

Ultrasound and CT features are typical of a plunging ranula.

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Case information

rID: 65538
Published: 13th Jan 2019
Last edited: 30th Jun 2020
Tag: ranula
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Aurès Medical Imaging Center - Batna Algeria

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