What is a mucocele?

Mucoceles are usually alarming to most people. But they do not pose a health risk and can be cured effectively.

It is a benign cystic lesion that is formed by a disorder in the minor salivary glands. They usually contain mucus and are lined with mucous cells. They can be superficial or deep and their size varies from a couple of millimeters to 3 centimeters.

Research confirms that from the histopathological point of view, a mucin extravasation phenomenon is observed surrounded by a granulation tissue response, with numerous foamy histiocytes. Mucoceles are more common in children and young adults.

common symptoms

A mucocele appears suddenly as a small blister or nodule filled with mucus inside the mouth, usually on the lower lip.

It can be translucent blue in color or maintain the same tone as the underlying mucosa. They are painless, unless accompanied by a wound.

Some people often confuse them with canker sores, however, the latter are ulcerative lesions with reddish edges and a white center that cause pain and discomfort.

Although the lower lip is the most common location, they can also form on the tongue, palate, cheek mucosa, and floor of the mouth.

The mucocele usually disappears spontaneously after a couple of days.

Similarly, it can be broken by trauma and heal naturally.

In case this mouth lesion persists for more than 2 weeks, seek medical attention. Sometimes these oral formations could be indicative of cancer.