Salivary gland obstruction treated with Interventional Radiology

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Salivary gland obstruction

Salivary duct obstruction or stenosis means that there is a blockage due to obstruction or a narrowing in the salivary ducts. The situation is also termed as stenosis of the salivary glands.

This condition can happen suddenly or due to an autoimmune disease. It could also happen due to the existence of calcified stones in your salivary ducts, or one of the salivary glands. The salivary stones happen in 1.2% of the population and the age of the patient could be anywhere between 30-60 years old.


If there is a blockage in the salivary ducts, the saliva which is created by the duct will remain in the duct. Thus, the retained saliva becomes the reason of calcified stones formation. The symptoms of the salivary duct obstruction or salivary duct stenosis can be swelling, pain, tenderness, swollen lymph nodes, and redness.

If the reason for the obstruction is an infection, there will be redness and pus on the floor of the mouth. If the blockage is presented in the salivary duct, there will be no releasing of saliva from the duct.


Your diagnosing will be done based on your physical examination and medical history. In around 80% of the cases, medical imaging techniques are used to identify the calcified stones. There is also a method which is called sialo gram in which the whole duct is exposed. Sialo Gram is very useful which will reveal all the problems. It is an out-patient process and it is done under the local anesthesia.
There are many treatments available for the treatment of this condition. There are also some conservative treatments like citrus fruits. These fruits increase the production of saliva and dislodge the stone. Other conservative treatment options include moist heat therapy, massage, hydration, shock wave therapy, medication, and hydration.
You may even undergo the process of Sialendoscopy. Sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive process in which an endoscope is used to treat stenosis or obstruction.
You can also go under the surgical process for the treatment of Salivary gland obstruction. Surgical methods like cannulation are used to treat it. In this process, a surgical tube is inserted in the area which is affected. The tube either clears the areas from the obstructive stones or removes the salivary duck altogether.
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