What are the symptoms of a blocked salivary gland? – Dr. Sreenivasa Murthy T M
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What are the symptoms of a blocked salivary gland? – Dr. Sreenivasa Murthy T M

One of the common conditions which affects the salivary glands is what is called as obstructive sialadenopathy, which means there is an obstruction to the salivary ductal system and because of that there is stagnation of saliva and secondary infection of the salivary gland and hence there will be presentations of salivary gland infections. One of the common causes for this is occurrence of salivary gland stones, they tend to form in the salivary glands and they obstruct the ductal system that is the salivary outflow tract and because of this obstruction, there will be pain and there will be salivary gland obstruction if it will cause pain in the particular salivary gland and occasionally fever when this pain is very severe. This typically tends to increase in size when we and have a meal or eat food that is because when we eat food, the saliva production is increased whereas because of the obstruction, the saliva cannot come out and hence the gland start swelling.