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3 cured of stones in salivary gland

On Wednesday, a minimally invasive sialendoscopy procedure by a Swiss doctor brought relief to the trio who for the last few months were living with the severe pain due to sialo-lithiasis - salivary calculi or stones - and salivary strictures.

mumbai Updated: Nov 18, 2010 02:23 IST

After months of agonising pain while eating, two young women and a middle-aged man can finally enjoy their food.

On Wednesday, a minimally invasive sialendoscopy procedure by a Swiss doctor brought relief to the trio who for the last few months were living with the severe pain due to sialo-lithiasis - salivary calculi or stones - and salivary strictures.

Sialolithiasis is a rare painful condition found in one out of 10,000 patients caused by stone formation in the salivary glands that blocks the saliva secretion from the ducts and causes intense pain during eating.

The stones and strictures were treated at the PD Hinduja hospital, Mahim, where the procedures were performed on the three patients.

According to doctors, minimal invasive technique like sialendoscopy can be performed in most cases under local anaesthesia as an ambulatory and outpatient procedure.

"If an infection occurs, the gland becomes tense, swollen, very painful, and sore to the touch. Due to obstruction of the saliva, the mouth becomes dry and can give rise to cavity formation," said Dr Francis Marchal, consultant ear-nose-throat surgeon and associate professor at the University Hospital in Switzerland.

Marchal who performed the procedure at the day-long workshop developed the technique 15 years ago.

He has been training doctors from all across the world for the last eight years. "I would like to have training centres in India too," he said.

First Published: Nov 18, 2010 02:21 IST