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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2014, Article ID 659270, 4 pages
Case Report

Massive Submandibular Sialolith: Complete Radiographic Registration and Biochemical Analysis through X-Ray Diffraction

1Departamento de Estomatologia, Escola de Saúde e Biociências, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Imaculada Conceição 1155, Prado Velho, 80215-901 Curitiba, PR, Brazil
2Laboratório de Análise de Minerais e Rochas, Departamento de Geologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Centro Politécnico 19062, Jardim das Américas, 81615-980 Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Received 26 March 2014; Accepted 26 July 2014; Published 2 September 2014

Academic Editor: David J. Bentrem

Copyright © 2014 Ademir Franco et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sialolithiasis is a pathologic condition that affects 60 million people per year, which is caused by the presence of calcified structures, named sialoliths, inside the salivary glands and their salivary ducts. Despite the large incidence of sialolithiasis, its etiology is still unknown. In the present case report, a 47-year-old female patient, presenting with local pain and hampered mouth opening, underwent a surgical approach for the removal of a 20 mm sialolith, which was further analyzed through X-ray diffraction. In parallel, a radiographic registration of 8 years, covering all the period for sialolith formation, is presented along the case report.