Anterior lingual mandibular salivary gland defect--a dilemma in diagnosis

Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1993 Oct;31(5):318-20. doi: 10.1016/0266-4356(93)90070-d.


Anterior lingual mandibular salivary gland defects are very rare. These lesions present as non-definitive bony radiolucencies. There are several other radiolucent entities which present in the anterior mandible with greater frequency and this creates a diagnostic dilemma for the practitioner. The ultimate and proper treatment of non-treatment depends on a correct diagnosis of these lesions. The correctness of the diagnosis and avoidance of unnecessary traumatic procedures may be aided by more sophisticated radiographic studies, such as a CAT scan and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. A case of a very unusual appearing anterior lingual mandibular salivary gland defect is presented and the diagnosis, management and recommendation for more complex radiographic studies are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Choristoma / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Jaw Cysts / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Mandibular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Middle Aged
  • Sublingual Gland*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed