• Who has had tonsil stones or salivary gland stones?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Monday, August 5, 2019

    Who has had tonsil stones or salivary gland stones?

    I recently saw someone post that they had a stone that came out in their mouth after eating and they had a picture of it, looks like a small grain of rice. Have any of you ever had this?

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Greg,
      Haven't had them but have had a few patients who have. They consist of mineral salts, and other calculi of various types. The tonsil stones are called Tonsiloliths, and the salivary stones are called Sialolithiasis Close to 90% of these stones occur in the submandibular gland, less than 12% occur in the parotid gland. They are quite painful.

      2 months ago
    • UpandUp's Avatar
      UpandUp

      I can honestly say I have never, ever, heard any mention of these anywhere. I had no idea they existed. As they say, you learn something every day.

      2 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I’ve heard of them and seen Internet photos of them both inside and outside the mouths. I’ve read that they stink. I’m lucky, in that when I was a very young child, the protocol was to remove the part of the tonsils that can get infected, so that part of my tonsils is gone (no tonsil stones!). I didn’t know until recently that one still has tonsils even after the kind of tonsillectomy kids had in the 1950s, so I can still develop tonsil cancer.

      2 months ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      I've suffered occasional sharp pain in my submaxillaries and parotids after alcohol or acidic beverages since I was 25--I'm 68 now. My sister sometimes does and my dad did too. Had my tonsils & adenoids out when I was 6, but I think some tonsillar tissue grew back (had strep tonsillitis in my mid 30s). No ENT has ever seen any stones on my tonsils. Hope they're not tumors.

      2 months ago

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