Symptoms and causes


Salivary stones are most commonly found in the submandibular salivary glands (under the jaw) and parotid gland. The stone is made up of calcium salt deposits, but the cause of the deposits is unknown. They are more common in middle-aged men.


The symptoms of swelling and pain are usually present with mealtimes.

Diagnosis and treatment


  • bimanual palpation (physical exam using two hands), which can feel any stone that is present
  • ultrasound and/or CT scan


  • sucking lozenges, spontaneous drainage of the stone
  • remove them under local or general anaesthesia

Treatment centres and specialisations

Ear, nose, and throat diseases

Latest publication date: 11/08/2021
Supervising author: Dr Vermeiren Judith