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Acute Suppurative Sialadenitis Secondary to Excisional Ranula Biopsy in Child

Tiago N Pinheiro, Juliana Arid, Aloizio P Maciel, André FM Machado, Marleno L Monteiro, Mariana de Oliveira Daltoé

Citation Information : Pinheiro TN, Arid J, Maciel AP, Machado AF, Monteiro ML, Daltoé MD. Acute Suppurative Sialadenitis Secondary to Excisional Ranula Biopsy in Child. Int J Experiment Dent Sci 2016; 5 (2):123-126.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10029-1139

Published Online: 01-04-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).



Ranulas are lesions that affect the salivary glands, and they are generally treated by excision; however, they can recur in some cases where the gland is not removed and they may progress to acute suppurative sialadenitis, yet such cases are rare, especially in children.


To report clinical management of occurrence of acute suppurative sialadenitis secondary to excisional biopsy of ranula in a child.

Case report

An 11-year-old female patient was diagnosed with ranula where excisional biopsy was performed. Subsequently, the patient developed infection, suggesting Ludwig's angina, after reevaluation, she was diagnosed with acute suppurative sialadenitis in the right mandibular gland; during the follow-up period, antibiotic therapy was introduced.


The close relationship of the biopsy site with the submandibular space and other structures of the neck required the completion of antibacterial prophylaxis associated with preoperative care, transoperative care, and postoperative care to combat opportunistic infections and their subsequent complications.

Clinical Significance

Suppurative sialadenitis and its subsequent complications may be considered, although rare, as a complication in cases of ranula.

How to cite this article

Pinheiro TN, Arid J, Maciel AP, Machado AFM, Monteiro ML, de Oliveira Daltoé M, de Carvalho FK. Acute Suppurative Sialadenitis Secondary to Excisional Ranula Biopsy in Child. Int J Experiment Dent Sci 2016;5(2):123-126.

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