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Posted by: milly | 2009/03/31

submandibular gland

what causes a calcium stone and why do they have to remove the submandibular gland? what is a subandibular gland?

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Hallo Milly
the submandibular gland you are talking about is probably the salivary gland, that can sometimes get calcium stones - they don't really know what causes this, we do know that the calcium levels in the blood is usually within normal limits and that it is not an indication of any disease. Sometimes one can "milk" it out if small enough, otherwise it needs to be removed by endoscopy, operation or by shock wave therapy. Usually they do not remove the whole gland but just the stone.
Dr Bets

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