The CT Scan below shows a stone in the left
Parotid salivary gland duct (Stensen's Duct). The parotid gland is swollen
and a large stone can be seen.
(Mouse-Out to see the parotid stone, Mouse-Over
picture to see additional CT Scan of swollen parotid gland.)
The submandibular salivary gland is the most common salivary gland to
form stones. This is because it has a wide duct and a mucoid
saliva which flows up hill. Stones are rare in the
parotid gland since the saliva is serous and the duct flows down hill. Prevention of stone formation
includes plenty of fluids and sialogues, such as a few drops of lemon
juice or a dill pickle.
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