Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 491–496 | Cite as

Comparison of Micromarsupialization and Modified Micromarsupialization for the Management of Mucocoele of Lower Lip: A Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial

  • Shallu Bansal
  • Dinesh Kumar Verma
  • Sandeep Goyal
  • Manjunath Rai
Original Article



This study was undertaken to compare micromarsupialization and modified micromarsupialization for the management of mucoceles.

Materials and Methods

A prospective randomized clinical study was done on thirty patients having mucocele on lower lip. In Group A (n = 15), micromarsupialization and in Group B (n = 15), modified micromarsupialization technique was used. The outcome variables were duration of surgery, intraoperative pain, postoperative pain, healing and recurrence. t test and p values were used to compare the age, duration of lesion, duration of treatment and time taken for healing. The results were expressed as mean with SD. Statistical significance was established at the p ≤ 0.05 level. Analysis of pain (intraoperative, on 3rd, 7th day), intraoperative bleeding and recurrence was done using Fischer’s exact test (p = 0.875, NS).


The average duration of treatment for Group A was 4.10 ± 0.39 min and for Group B was 5.33 ± 0.2 min. The difference was found to be statistically highly significant (p value ≤0.000). The observed power was 1.000. The difference in the intraoperative and postoperative pain on 3rd and 7th day was not found to be significant as per Fischer’s exact test. The mean time taken for healing of the surgical site in Group A was 7.47 ± 0.64 days and in Group B was 9.87 ± 1.88 days, and the difference was found to be highly significant. The observed power was 0.995.


Modified micromarsupialization appears to be a safe technique for the management of mucoceles. However, in comparison with micromarsupialization, it has a higher operating and healing time.


Micromarsupialization Modified micromarsupialization Mucocele Ranula 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest


Ethical Approval

Institutional ethical committee clearance was obtained for the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shallu Bansal
    • 1
  • Dinesh Kumar Verma
    • 1
  • Sandeep Goyal
    • 1
  • Manjunath Rai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgerySurendera Dental College and Research InstituteSri GanganagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryAJ Institute of Dental Science and HospitalMangaloreIndia

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