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Intra-oral removal of stones from the hilum of the submandibular gland: report of technique and morbidity

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M McGurk, J Makdissi, J E Brown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683 - 686
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

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There is increasing evidence to show that the submandibular gland regains function after stone removal and sialoadenectomy may not be the treatment of choice for proximal calculi. A technique of hilar stone removal is described with results and morbidity reported in a series of 55 patients. Stones were retrieved in 54 patients (98%) but four glands (8%) were subsequently removed due to recurrent obstruction. There were no complications related to the procedure (nerve injury, bleeding, infection or scarring) and the morbidity was less than reported for sialoadenectomy.

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