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Submandibular Duct
Digestive System

Submandibular Duct

Ductus submandibularis

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Structure/Morphology

The submandibular duct is approximately 5 cm long and courses from the medial surface of the gland and opens into the sublingual papillae on each side of the lingual frenulum of the dorsal aspect of the tongue (Standring, 2016).

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

As the submandibular duct extends anteriorly towards its opening at the sublingual papillae, the lingual nerve hooks around it.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Submandibular duct obstruction

References

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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Submandibular Duct

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Submandibular duct obstruction may occur as a result of soft-tissue swelling and the external compression of the duct lumen, or it may result from direct duct injury.

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