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NEL VOL. 20 1/2
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

1999; 20:123–125
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Evaluation of crystallization processes in the calculi of
the submandibular salivary glands

Elzbieta Reroñ, Jacek Skladzieñ, Marek Pawlikowski & Janusz Stepiñski

Key words:
salivary glands, calculi

Abstract
Four patients were subjected to sialolithotomy of the submandibular gland in the Department of Otolaryngology, Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University in Cracow. The resected calculi were examined under a scanning electron microscope and chemical analysis of their structure was carried out. Results of these studies were compared with clinical observations.
It has been found that sialoliths are built up by inorganic salts, mainly calcium compounds. Crystallization processes proceed at variable rates and are related to duration of the disease and intensity of inflammatory reaction
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