Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2006 Sep;49(9):956-958.

A Case of Unilateral Submandibular Glandular Aplasia

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea. getup0112@daum.net

Abstract

The congenital absence of the major salivary glands is an uncommon disorder, although it is not always symptomatic. Their etiopathogenesis is poorly understood. Aplasia of the salivary glands may occur either in isolation or in association with other developmental abnormalities. Some authors have reported familial salivary gland aplasia. Aplasia may be partial or total. Severely affected patients suffer from dry mouth and an increased rate of dental decay. Following clinical exclusion of the cause of these symptoms, the diagnosis of submandibular gland aplasia can be confirmed by computed tomography and a Tc-99m pertechnate scintiscan. The authors experienced a case of incidentally detected, unilateral submandibular glandular aplasia in a 38-year old female. So we present this case with review of literatures.

Keyword

Submandibular gland; Aplasia
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