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Expected Duration

How long a salivary gland problem lasts depends on the specific disorder.

  • Sialolithiasis. Small stones sometimes pass out of the duct on their own. However, larger stones usually stay in the gland until they are removed.

  • Sialadenitis. Symptoms usually begin to subside within 48 hours of treatment with antibiotics.

  • Viral infections. With mumps, symptoms usually last about 10 days.

  • Cysts. A small, shallow cyst can be a short-term problem that drains on its own. Large cysts often grow larger until they are removed surgically.

  • Tumors. Tumors last until they are removed.

  • Sjogren's syndrome. This is a lifelong illness.

  • Sialadenosis. Sialadenosis related to a medical problem generally persists as long as the medical problem does.

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