Orthodontic parotitis: a rare complication from an orthodontic appliance

Eileen McCarthy, Alistair R M Cobb

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A case is presented of a 14-year-old female undergoing orthodontic fixed appliance treatment who presented with right facial swelling in the parotid region. An initial diagnosis of acute infective parotitis was made by her primary care clinician. However, after clinical examination and ultrasonographic imaging, a diagnosis of salivary stasis secondary to inflammatory occlusion of Stensen's ductal orifice was made. The ductal orifice had been traumatized by the adjacent orthodontic appliance. This has not been described before in the literature. The differential diagnosis of parotid enlargement in children is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-6
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Orthodontics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Adolescent
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Mouth Mucosa
  • Orthodontic Brackets
  • Parotitis
  • Salivary Ducts


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