Oral Medicine & Pathology

Salivary Obstruction: Clinical features, Incidence, Etiology, Diagnosis, Management


Salivary Obstruction


Clinical features

– Typically there is pain and swelling of a salivary gland at meal times.

– May be asymptomatic.

– Obstruction of minor salivary gland duct may produce a mucocele.


– Fairly common in submandibular duct or gland.


– Calculus usually; rarely mucus plug, fibrous stricture or neoplasm.


– Radiography (but 40% of stones are radiolucent); sialography if necessary.

– Differentiate from other causes of salivary swelling.Salivary obstruction

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