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April 06, 2009

Sialendoscopy: Minimally Invasive Treatment for Salivary Gland Stones



There is a relatively new procedure called sialendoscopy which allows a surgeon to remove a stone that may be blocking the spit gland from draining saliva into the mouth. This situation is analogous to a kidney stone which blocks urine from draining from the kidney into the bladder resulting in painful swelling of the kidney (causing flank pain).

How does a person know if they have a salivary gland blockage due to a stone? There is a painful swelling located right in front and/or below the ear if the parotid gland is affected, or under the jawbone if the submandibular gland is blocked.

If the blockage persists long enough, it may lead to an infection of the gland itself (sialadenitis).

Traditionally, if the stone doesn't pass on its own with conservative measures, stone removal required surgical removal of the entire gland or making an incision and removing the stone like it's a tumor mass.

At this time, Dr. Redmon in our office performs this procedure.

Read more about sialadenitis here.



Over-the-counter products that may be helpful to resolve sialadenitis:

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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