Videosialoendoscopic assessment of bilateral atresia of the Wharton's duct orifice in an infant

Pasquale Capaccio, Lorenzo Maria Gaini, Davide Pagani, Giuseppe Sambataro, Lorenzo Pignataro

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Atresia of the submandibular ducts (particularly the duct orifice) is a rare occurrence that is mainly observed in newborns or infants; moreover, its differential diagnosis with other anomalies of the oral floor is sometimes difficult. Given the lack of data concerning the differences between atresia of the orifice of Wharton's duct and other anomalies of the submandibular duct system, we describe here the findings of videosialoendoscopic assessment of the salivary duct system in an infant who underwent traditional surgery for bilateral atresia of the orifice of Wharton's duct. During sialoendoscopy, a trifurcation of the main duct, a normal variant of the more common bifurcation of the secondary branches of the salivary duct system, was observed bilaterally. No other ductal anomalies were encountered. Complete resolution of the symptoms and complete patency of both ducts at 19-month follow-up evaluation were observed. In conclusion, although spontaneous resolution of the disease during feeding is possible, minimal incision of the orifice of the imperforated submandibular duct together with diagnostic videosialoendoscopy of the main salivary duct system may be considered as part of the modern approach to salivary obstructive disorders in pediatric age as is currently the case for sialolithiasis and recurrent juvenile parotitis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


  • Pediatric age
  • Sialoendoscopy
  • Surgery
  • Wharton's duct atresia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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