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2022 Mar 24

Diagnostics (Basel)



Multiple Faces of Cervical Lesions in Children.


Moisa S M, Andrei N, Balcan R-D, Miron I, Țarcă E, Butnariu L, Cojocaru E, Leon-Constantin M M, Budacu C C, Trandafir L M
Diagnostics (Basel). 2022 Mar 24; 12(4).
PMID: 35453840.


Pediatric sialolithiasis is a rare condition causing tumefaction, induration, redness, and pain of the affected gland. When the submandibular gland is involved, the lesion can be mistaken for an adenopathy. As there are few studies to elucidate this condition in children, we present a rare case of a 16-year-old female with suggestive symptoms, in which initial clinical examination and two ultrasound examinations mistook the lesion for an adenopathy. A computed tomography examination was performed and the correct diagnosis was established. The patient was sent for oro-maxilo-facial examination and sialolithotomy was performed. A 10-mm yellow calculus was extracted and postoperative case evolution was favorable under wide spectrum antibiotherapy, oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory therapy and silagog alimentation. Although submandibular adenopathies are much more frequent in the pediatric age group, when faced with a firm, immobile submandibular lesion, the pediatrician should consider the sialolithiasis diagnosis.