Conditions and diseases
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
Latest publication date: 28/06/2021
Supervising author: Dr Vermeiren Judith