Parotid Salivary Gland Stones
Parotid Salivary Gland Stones
  

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. 

CT Scan of Swallen Parotid Gland and Parotid Stone
  



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