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The case to be reported is unique in my experience, and I am unable to find any such case to date reported in the literature. Furthermore, I am unable to explain the chain of events leading to involvement of the submaxillary glands. Whether the foreign body first entered Wharton's duct and then penetrated to the tonsillar fossa, or whether it entered the peritonsillar area, thus setting up an inflammatory process which dissected through to the gland, is a point of controversy. In view of the history of the case, the latter explanation is the more plausible.
REPORT OF CASE
A man aged 26, a lieutenant in the United States Army, was first seen at an overseas station in June 1945 with the complaint of a prickling sensation in the left tonsillar area. At this time nothing could be seen or felt on examination. A few weeks later he noticed a
KING NE. SUPPURATIVE SIALADENITIS PRODUCED BY A FOREIGN BODY IN THE HYPOPHARYNXReport of an Unusual Case. Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;50(6):827–830. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.00700010842016