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  • saliva
  • A salivary mucocele, or sialocele, is a collection of saliva that has leaked from a damaged salivary gland or salivary duct, and has accumulated in the tissues. (acvs.org)
  • This is a very rare type of mucocele where the saliva is originating from the small zygomatic salivary glands which are located just below the eye. (acvs.org)
  • The development of mucoceles and ranulas depend on the disruption of the flow of saliva from the secretory apparatus of the salivary glands. (medscape.com)
  • Studies have revealed increased levels of matrix metalloproteins, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, type IV collagenase, and plasminogen activators in mucoceles compared with that of whole saliva. (medscape.com)
  • The idea behind this alternative treatment for mucoceles of minor salivary glands is that re-epithelization of the severed duct occurs or a new epithelial-lined duct forms, allowing egress of saliva from the minor salivary gland. (medscape.com)
  • pharyngeal
  • A pharyngeal mucocele is generally totally undetectable until the oral cavity is examined with sedation. (acvs.org)
  • Pets with pharyngeal mucoceles may experience respiratory distress because the mass developing in the throat is beginning to obstruct the airway. (acvs.org)
  • Difficulty swallowing may be another sign that a pharyngeal mucocele is present. (acvs.org)
  • Palpation of the salivary glands in normally easily accomplished, and, with the exception of the pharyngeal mucocele, the mucoceles are easily identified as a soft, fluctuant swelling that is non-painful. (acvs.org)
  • occur
  • Mucoceles occur most commonly in children or young adults. (skinsight.com)
  • Mucoceles usually occur on the lower lip and inner part of the cheek, as these are frequent areas of mouth trauma, but they can occur anywhere inside the mouth. (skinsight.com)
  • symptoms
  • The leading symptoms are unilateral proptosis with ophthalmalgia, double vision or decreased acuity, a palpable mass in the superior medial aspect of the orbit or medial canthus with the fronto-ethmoidal mucoceles, and headaches. (appliedradiology.com)
  • painless
  • A mucocele is usually a single bump with a slight bluish or normal skin color, varying in size from 1/2 to 1 inch, and it is soft and painless. (skinsight.com)
  • harmless
  • Mucoceles are a harmless, common condition resulting from the collection of clear fluid on the interior surface of the lip. (wisegeek.org)