Are All Soft Tissue Calcifications Detected by Cone-Beam Computed Tomography in the Submandibular Region Sialoliths?


ÇAĞLAYAN F., SÜMBÜLLÜ M. A., MİLOĞLU Ö., Akgul H. M.

JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.72, no.8, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

Abstract

Heterotrophic soft tissue calcification occurs with the deposit of calcium salts in soft tissue rather than bone. The aim of this report is to describe cone-beam computed tomographic (CBCT) and ultrasonographic (US) findings of 2 cases of soft tissue calcifications that were initially diagnosed as submandibular or parotid sialolithiasis. Multiple soft tissue calcifications were evaluated by panoramic radiography, CBCT imaging, and US imaging in a 50-year-old male patient and a 30-year-old male patient. Calcifications were detected in the soft tissue of the submandibular area at axial, coronal, and multiplanar reformatted examinations and were prediagnosed as sialolithiasis. US examination was conducted to determine the complete relation between the soft tissues and the calcifications. In conclusion, high-resolution dental volumetric tomography with a low radiation dose is the optimal diagnostic tool to analyze the skeletal structure of the maxillofacial region in 3 dimensions. However, it is not sufficient to examine the soft tissues. US imaging is a useful diagnostic tool to evaluate the relation between the soft tissues and the calcifications in the submandibular area. (C) 2014 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons