salivary stone


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salivary stone

A calcified stone in the ducts of salivary glands. It usually affects the duct of the submandibular gland. The stone obstructs the flow of saliva, causing severe pain and swelling of the gland, esp. during eating. The treatment is surgical removal of the stone.
Synonym: salivary calculus; sialolith
See also: stone

salivary stone,

n a tiny, pebblelike mass of calcified saliva that forms in the major salivary ducts or glands. Mainly happens in the submandibular gland and its ducts. May cause a ranula or mucocele. Also called
sialolith. See also ranula and mucus escape reaction.
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