What is the sublingual gland?

November 1, 2019

The sublingual gland is a salivary gland about the size of an almond that lies underneath the tongue in the floor of your mouth.

Saliva drains from it through a number of small tubes that open on the inside of the mouth underneath the tongue.

The most common reason for removing a sublingual gland is as a result of a blockage to these drainage tubes. This can lead to a swelling (ranula).

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