Mucocele

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A mucocele is the most common benign lesion of the salivary glands generally conceded to be of traumatic origin. It is characterized by the pooling of mucus in a cavity due to the rupture of salivary ducts or acini. It can occur in the lower lip, palate, cheeks, tongue and the floor of the mouth.

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Superficial mucoceles can often be diagnosed by appearance and consistency alone. Sometimes, it is indicated to perform diagnostic imaging and/or needle biopsy.[citation needed]

On a CT scan, a mucocele is fairly homogenous, with an attenuation of about 10-18 Hounsfield units.[1]

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  1. ^ page 152 in: Luca Saba and Jasjit S. Suri (2013). Multi-Detector CT Imaging: Principles, Head, Neck, and Vascular Systems. CRC Press. ISBN 9781439893845.