Clin Case Rep Int | Volume 6, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Analysis of a Case of Snoring Caused by Ranula

Ma J1,2, Zhang M2, Hu C1,2, Li J2, Luo Q2, Yang D2, Zhai K1,2* and Huang YQ1,2*

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hospital of Stomatology, The General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University, China
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Stomatology College of Ningxia Medical University, China

*Correspondance to: Yong-Qing Huang 

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A ranula is a benign, mucous-containing cyst involving a sublingual salivary gland that is caused by rupture or blockage of the salivary duct. Ranulas are usually classified into two types according to the location and extent of the cyst and include oral or non-plunging ranulas and cervical or plunging ranulas. Surgical excision of the sublingual gland and collection duct is a typical and definitive treatment. We present a case of ranula in a 10-year-old boy who suffered conspicuous snoring for a period of one month. Although an otorhinolaryngologist would consider a pharyngeal cyst, a ranula was diagnosed following a computed tomography scan and needle aspiration. It could be concluded that the transudate from the sublingual gland extended backward and swelled into the pharyngeal region. This case provides evidence of the existence of a rare type of pharyngeal ranula with typical symptoms of snoring and sensation of a foreign body, which should be focused on in clinical practice.


Ranula; Sublingual gland cyst; Snoring


Ma J, Zhang M, Hu C, Li J, Luo Q, Yang D, et al. Analysis of a Case of Snoring Caused by Ranula. Clin Case Rep Int. 2022; 6: 1441.

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