Salivary Gland Centre

Our Salivary Gland Centre aims to introduce innovative and advanced technologies and techniques for the treatment of salivary gland disorders. The most common disease of the salivary glands are benign tumours and sialolithiasis (salivary gland stones). These conditions require careful specialist treatment, due to their precarious positioning in the middle of the patient’s face and proximity to many parts of the oral-digestive, dental, nervous and respiratory systems.

Why choose for treatment at the Salivary Gland Centre at Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands?

The Erasmus MC is the largest tertiary care and academic hospital in the Netherlands. It houses the only Salivary Gland Centre with all treatment modalities for benign diseases of the salivary gland in the whole of the Netherlands. We are also proud to own one of the few lithotripters in Europe.

The Salivary Gland Centre was established in 2008 and has treated hundreds of patients since its inception. Our hospital can proudly offer the services of highly specialized medical professionals for the treatment of complex and rare diseases.

What we do at the Salivary Gland Centre at Erasmus MC

We at the Salivary Gland Centre are committed to fulfil your needs regarding treatments for disorders of the salivary gland, with the highly skilled and experienced physicians and medical staff at the Erasmus MC hospital.

We treat :

  • Sialolithiasis (salivary gland stones)
  • Sialadenitis (salivary gland infection/ inflammation)
  • Benign tumours
  • Mucocele and ranula (salivary gland and lingual base cysts)
  • Recurrent swelling of the glands
  • Hypersalivation

Of course, you can always contact us for any disease or disorder related to the salivary glands!


Our treatments include sialendoscopy (endoscopy of the salivary gland), lithotripsy (sound wave therapy) and surgery.

Sialendoscopy (salivary gland endoscopy)

Sialendoscopy is the use of a small semi rigid scope containing a camera to look inside the duct of a salivary gland. Small instruments may also be inserted to remove salivary stones and debris from the gland. Medication can be injected into the gland and the gland tubes can be stretches to increase their size temporarily for treatment purposes. This procedure is done in general anaesthesia. The procedure takes about 30 minutes.

Lithotripsy (sound wave fragmentation)

Lithotripsy is a procedure which utilizes targeted sound waves to fragment glandular stones so that a patient may pass them naturally. The treatment is done in the outpatient clinic. It is an effective treatment modality for salivary stones in the parotid gland. Most patients need 3-5 sessions of around 30 minutes.


The goal for surgery of benign tumours is a minimally invasive approach. We have a very low complication rate. Facial nerve palsy is seen in under 2% in patients with surgery for a benign tumour.

Salivary Gland Centre follow up care

Most patients are seen once within two weeks after surgery for a post-operative check-up. The majority of patients do not require a second follow up visit.

More about the Salivary Gland Centre at Erasmus MC

Our Team

Our salivary gland team consists of two head and neck surgeons and a physician assistant specialized in the treatment of salivary gland disorders. They work together to offer an optimal personalized treatment path for each patient.

Our Medical Expertise

Our treatment protocols have been validated and are regularly updated according to new evidence, institutional experiences and through continuously on-going research.

Our Salivary Gland Centre is one of the few in Europe to operate a full set of treatment modalities for salivary gland disorders and owns one of Europe’s few lithotripters.

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