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    An_224272 posted:
    A few weeks ago, I felt a bump on the underside of my tongue, but didn't think anything of it -- until now. It has grown into a small bubble in the center of my tongue. It is clear inside, from what I can tell. It protrudes from my tongue about 1/4 of a centimeter. Here's a photo to give a better idea of what it looks like:


    Anyone ever seen something like this before? Please help!
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    Gwen Cohen Brown, DDS, FAAOMP responded:
    Dear Anon_182011,
    Sorry to hear you have been having a problem with a bump on the underside of your tongue. To answer your question "has anyone ever seen something like this before" I can answer yes! As a Dentist with a specialty in Oral and Maxillo-facial Pathology I have seen many patients who present with similar clinical findings.

    Although I cannot give you a specific diagnosis, the history and clinical description you provide along with the photo you submitted are suggestive of a mucocele - sort of a "water balloon" involving a minor salivary gland. Although mucoceles are benign (non-cancer) you should see an oral surgeon to have it evaluated and possibly removed as they don't often go away on there own.

    Mucocele can occur anywhere in the mouth, however they most often occur on the lower lip. You might want to look at this web posting from the NIH on Mucoceles: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001639.htm

    I hope this helps!
    Dr. Gwen Cohen Brown
     
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    plazadental replied to Gwen Cohen Brown, DDS, FAAOMP's response:
    The shared image confirms that It's a mucocele. (AKA blocked salivary gland). They're nasty and are very annoying. But there is nothing to worry as they will go away on their own. You can also get it checked with oral surgeon, they can remove it.


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