Original Investigation

Long-Term Outcomes of Sialendoscopy in the Management of Sialolithiasis and Idiopathic Chronic Sialadenitis with Ductal Scars


  • Evren Erkul
  • Engin Çekin
  • Atila Güngör

Received Date: 21.03.2019 Accepted Date: 28.05.2019 Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2019;57(2):75-80


We aimed to present the long-term outcomes and sialendoscopic findings in only patients with sialolithiasis and ductal scars in idiopathic chronic recurrent sialadenitis who experienced unsuccessful results with conservative treatment and were treated with sialendoscopy.


We retrospectively analyzed the patients with a diagnosis of only sialolithiasis and ductal scars in chronic recurrent sialadenitis who underwent sialendoscopy between January 2011 and June 2016. We collected clinical and intraoperative data including patient age, sex, date of the procedure, the involved gland, operative findings and complications. Follow-up data included whether the symptoms were resolved or recurred and whether any further procedures were performed.


Of a total of 38 patients, 16 were excluded from the study due to missing clinical or follow-up data, and analysis was conducted on 22 patients. Twelve were diagnosed with sialolithiasis, while the remaining 10 were diagnosed with idiopathic chronic sialadenitis and had ductal scars. Stone sizes ranged from 2 mm to 10 mm. Mean follow-up time was 39.5 months. The final success rate was 100%. Of the 10 patients with ductal scarring, five had scar in the parotid gland duct, and five in the submandibular gland duct. The mean follow-up time of all ductal scar patients was 47.1 months. The final success rate was 70%.


Sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive method for the diagnosis and treatment of sialolithiasis and ductal scars of the salivary glands after failure of conservative treatments in adults.

Keywords: Sialendoscopy, sialolithiasis, ductal scar, salivary gland, sialadenitis