Detection of a metallic foreign body in the Wharton duct
Foreign bodies are rarely found in the submandibular gland and the Wharton duct, due to their physiological and anatomical features. One such case has been published in the journal Medicine.

A 23-year-old man reproted with pain and intermittent swelling in the right submandibular area. Physical examination revealed enlarged, indurated, and painful swelling in the right submandibular area, with a normal oral cavity. No abscess or fistula was detected. Radiography and computed tomography (CT) indicated a 1.7 cm radiopaque mass in the Wharton duct, close to the submandibular gland.

Submandibular sialadenectomy was performed under general anesthesia. Upon exploration of the fully dissected submandibular gland, a 2.0 cm long barb-like metallic body was found in the Wharton duct. The patient had an uneventful recovery during a 6-months follow-up.

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