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Sialoceles

Sialoceles is an abnormal accumulation of saliva under the skin due to disruption to the salivary gland.

What you need to know…
  • Damage to a salivary gland or duct causes saliva to collect under the skin
  • Saliva irritating the skin tissues can lead to swelling
  • Treatment could involve surgical removal of the damaged salivary tissue and accumulated saliva

What A SIALOCELES may look like:

sialocele swelling
A sialocele causing a swelling in the throat area.

fluid extraction for sialoceles analysis
Fluid causing swelling is extracted for analysis


Treatment:

Drainage of the accumulating fluid can provide some temporary relief, but until the underlying cause has been removed the saliva could continue to collect. Treatment involves surgical removal of the gland or glands that are supplying the escaping saliva and drainage of the accumulating saliva. A surgical drain is commonly placed to minimize swelling after surgery. Submission of the glandular tissues to a pathologist is important to confirm the diagnosis and results are typically returned in 5-7 days.

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Drainage of the accumulating fluid can provide some temporary relief, but until the underlying
cause has been removed the saliva could continue to collect. Treatment involves surgical
removal of the gland or glands that are supplying the escaping saliva and drainage of the
accumulating saliva. A surgical drain is commonly placed to minimize swelling after surgery.
Submission of the glandular tissues to a pathologist is important to confirm the diagnosis and
results are typically returned in 5-7 days.