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Salivary Duct Stones

Alternate Names : Sialolithiasis

Salivary Duct Stones | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Prevention of salivary duct stones focuses on increasing the water content of the saliva. The following measures may be helpful:

  • drinking six to eight glasses of water a day
  • massaging the salivary gland after meals to clear thickened saliva
  • seeking effective treatment for autoimmune disorders
  • sucking on sour candy
  • using prescription antihistamines instead of over-the-counter versions
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Long-term effects can occur if chronic bacterial infection sets into the gland. Scars form in the area, and removal of the stone is much more difficult.

    What are the risks to others?

    Salivary duct stones are not contagious and pose no risk to others.

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    Author: Mark Loury, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 05/30/01

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