Case Report

Parotid duct laceration repair in two horses : case report

A. Olivier, G. Steenkamp, S.W. Petrick, R.D. Gottschalk
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 69, No 3 | a829 | DOI: | © 1998 A. Olivier, G. Steenkamp, S.W. Petrick, R.D. Gottschalk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 1998 | Published: 12 July 1998

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R.D. Gottschalk,

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Repair of parotid duct lacerations in 2 horses is described using intraluminal silastic tubing as a stent. The duct was lacerated traumatically at the facial vessel notch (incisura vasorum facialium) in the 1st horse, and iatrogenically after removal of an intraluminal sialolith after development of infection within the duct in the 2nd horse. In both cases, a silastic tube was passed retrograde into the duct via the salivary papilla, past the wound until the end lay rostroventral to the parotid salivary gland. The severed salivary ducts and the wounds were sutured. The external portion of the silastic tube was sutured to the skin and the tube left in place. Recovery in the 1st case was uneventful. In the 2nd case a salivary duct/cutaneous fistula formed at a wound distant from the sutured wound, which healed spontaneously. This technique differs from a similar described technique in that the stent tube exits the oral cavity and is attached to the outer skin surface.


Ductoraphy; Equine; Laceration; Parotid Duct; Salivary-Cutaneous Fistula


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