Hemangioma with phleboliths in the sublingual gland: as a cause of submental opacity

Tohoku J Exp Med. 2003 Mar;199(3):187-91. doi: 10.1620/tjem.199.187.


Hemangiomas are the most common lesions of the major salivary glands during infancy and early childhood. Changes in blood flow dynamic within hemangioma results in thrombus and phleboliths. There have been a number of reports of hemangiomas with phleboliths in parotid and submandibular glands. We present the first case of a hemangioma with multiple phleboliths in the subligual gland as a cause of submental opacity, and discussed the diagnosis of radiopaque masses in the sublingual and submental regions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Blood Flow Velocity
  • Calculi / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hemangioma / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Parotid Neoplasms / complications*
  • Parotid Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Sublingual Gland / pathology*
  • Submandibular Gland / pathology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vascular Diseases / diagnostic imaging*