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Minimally Invasive Treatment for Salivary Gland Inflammation Restores Ability to Taste

The light at its tip is visible as the endoscope is inserted into the gland to located scar tissue obstructing a duct.
A minimally-invasive procedure to diagnose and treat sialoadenitis, or salivary gland inflammation, is now available at the NYU College of Dentistry. The procedure offers an alternative to surgical removal of the salivary glands. The NYU College of Dentistry is the only institution in the New York area to offer it on a routine basis.

Sialoadenitis is an agonizing disease, which can rob people of virtually all of their ability to salivate and to taste. Constituting about half of all major salivary gland diseases, sialoadenitis occurs when saliva cannot exit the ducts, causing pain and swelling that can be particularly acute when a person eats. Sialoadenitis can be caused by scar tissue formation, foreign bodies and salivary gland stones (sialolithiasis).

In a procedure known as a sialoendoscopy, Dr. Michael Turner, an Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and one of only a few surgeons performing it in the United States, uses a specially designed endoscope to pinpoint the obstructed area in the ducts and then uses microinstruments to remove the obstructions. Patients can regain their normal ability to salivate and taste without the scarring and prolonged recovery that occurs when glands are removed.

For further information or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Turner at (212) 998-9568.

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