Foreign bodies of the salivary ducts and salivary glands are rare. A search of the medical literature available to me revealed reports of only 5 cases involving the submaxillary gland or duct.
The earliest case report found was in 1923 by Baggio.1 The foreign body consisted of a piece of grain scrap which was lodged in the duct of the submaxillary salivary gland and produced inflammatory reaction in that gland with retention of glandular secretions.
Struycken4 in 1927 reported the finding of a piece of grain husk with a small bundle of hairs attached to it which had penetrated into Wharton's duct several years previously. It had caused obliteration of the lumen with severe inflammatory reaction and a retention reaction within the submaxillary gland.
In 1936, Okayama Igakkai Zasshi2 reported a foreign body in Wharton's duct, but the complete case report was not available.
WALKER EA. Foreign Body in Wharton's Duct. Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(3):274–275. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040282018
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