Research Article| Volume 59, ISSUE 4, P426-430, April 1985

Sialographic damage in rat submandibular gland

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      The damage caused to rat submandibular glands by intraductal injection was examined. When a small volume of isotonic saline was injected, even if salivation was not influenced, salivary composition was greatly affected because the intercellular junctions of the duct cells were damaged. Intraductal injections of hyperosmotic solutions or highly viscous liquids were more effective in damaging intercellular junctions. When interpreting the significance of a salivary composition in clinical diagnosis, it is necessary to consider the sialographic damage which might influence the salivary composition.
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