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What is usually the outcome of a blocked salivary gland?

Asked by missjena (918points) July 13th, 2009

I went to the doctor today and was told I have a blocked salivary gland. I am 24 years old and the doctor said he felt something and wasnt sure if it was a tumor or a calcium deposit. I have had 3 CT scans of my neck and mouth before and nothing showed. I was told not to get anymore CT scans due to radiation. They want me to get another Ct scan to determine what it is that is blocking my gland. I am a nervous wreck. Are there any other tests that have no radiation that can determine whats in my gland?

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casheroo's avatar

I guess you could get open neck surgery. They could check out whats going on in there. I had it done, it wasn’t too bad.

missjena's avatar

Yeah I am going to make an appointment with one. I researched blocked salivary glands online and it says it is extremely rare to have a malignancy in a salivary gland. I am not saying it cannot happen (trust me I know it can). Statistically it says 3 out of 100,000 people have it and it occurs more in men. I am 24 years old and praying that its a calcium stone. I always feel like I cant walk out of the doctors office without them saying tumor or cancer.

I am going to get this taken care of but I am extremely worried this is a tumor blocking my gland.

ubersiren's avatar

First thing that comes to mind is a juicy explosion.


Can they do that thing where you drink some kind of dye then track it with an X-ray or something? That way they can tell by the flow of the saliva (and where it stops) what looks normal and not.

casheroo's avatar

I doubt it’s a tumor, I’m pretty sure that would have been seen on a CT Scan. Also, are you seeing an ENT?
I had a needle biopsy done before I had the open biopsy done (on my lymph nodes in my neck) The surgeries were a year apart, because they kept watching the growth. No one ever mentioned the radiaton from the CT Scan. I had multiple done. And you actually get one right before a needle biopsy and they do the procedure with you strapped to the cat scan table.

missjena's avatar

Ive had a needle biopsy of a lymph node and they didnt use a ct scan with it i had an ultra sound because of the radiation.

gailcalled's avatar

@missjena: You seem to be plagued with exotic and scary illnesses or syndromes. And you seem to be asking us to fix the problems. Maybe you need a complete work-up by an expert Dr.

ShanEnri's avatar

I’d do an exploratory surgery and if they can get it out or some of it to do a biopsy. I’m not a Dr. so I have no clue what to tell you. I would definately ask my Dr. if I had other options than the CT scan!

Blondesjon's avatar

some of the worst oral ever.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I had one after having a wisdom tooth extracted. The treatment involved chewing gum and sucking on lemon drops. It took about two weeks for it to go away completely. It was really uncomfortable.

missjena's avatar

@ pandora my doctor told me to suck on lemons as well. WHat did you do with the stone after it passed? Did you see it so you know it worked?

PandoraBoxx's avatar

It was like a little piece of tooth, very small. The value in sucking something sour is that the sourness causes a pucker, and the sucking acts as as vacuum to pull the stone inward into your mouth. It felt like I had a tiny piece of grit in my mouth.

Did he mention wet heat? I feel like I spent a lot of time sucking on candies and applying pressure externally.

hannahsugs's avatar

I had a stone that was blocking the duct from my salivary gland once. After seeing an ENT, he diagnosed it as probably a stone. After sucking on sour candies (@pandoraBoxx, he told me it’s because the sour taste makes you salivate, not pucker) for a day or two, a very small, yellow/orange-ish stone came out. The closest thing it reminded me of was the stuff that accumulates in the corner of your eye in the morning, only harder.

I had the same symptoms about 2 months later, and self-treated with lots of water and sour candies again. The stone popped out later that day. Haven’t had a problem since!

Sandyjeanie's avatar

My mother has had blocked salivary glands a few times. They usually unblock while she is eating/ chewing food, and it’s gross because it feels like there is grit or sand in her food. The first time it happened she did think there was sand in her food. Now she knows what it is when it happens, but of course it’s still nasty.She has never passed a larger stone, just mouthfuls of grit. Yuck! Her doctor always puts her on antibiotics. I wonder if the antibiotics actually help at all.

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