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Otorinolaringologia 2008 June;58(2):107-12

Copyright © 2008 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Sialoendoscopy: a minimally invasive approach for treating obstructions of salivary glands

Hasson O.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Ramat Gan, Israel


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Sialoendoscopy technique is an alternative procedure for treating obstructions of salivary glands. Using a small camera and various other endoscopic instruments, it is possible to reach and remove sialoliths in posterior areas of the salivary duct (posterior to the first molar in Wharton’s duct and in the masseter area of Stensen’s duct). Endoscopic procedures also reveal the micro-anatomy of the salivary gland ducts, which before advent of the technique were known only through sialograms or histology. In general, endoscopic procedures are performed under local anesthesia or combined with intravenous sedation. The postoperative recovery is fast, permitting rapid return to normal daily activities.

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