ISSN: 0975-8798, 0976-156X
Sialoliths are calcified organic matter that forms within the secretory system of the major salivary glands. Salivary gland calculi account for the most common disease of the salivary glands, and may range from tiny particles to several centimeters in length. The majority of sialoliths occur in the submandibular gland or its duct and is a common cause of acute and chronic infections. While the majority of salivary stones are asymptomatic or cause minimal discomfort, larger stones may interfere with the flow of saliva and cause pain and swelling. The prevalence of sialoliths varies by location. Sialolith in the parotid glands is less common when compared with that of submandibular gland. This case report describes a patient presenting with parotid gland sialolith and review of the literature regarding the salivary sialothiasis.
Published Date: 2011-03-31;