Salivary gland swellings

Parotid Gland Alcoholic

Most surgical pathology of the salivary gland presents as a swelling in the associated gland and it is helpful clinically to characterise the swelling as one that affects the whole of the gland or as a discrete swelling that affects only part of the gland. Most discrete swellings are caused by a tumour, whereas swellings affecting the whole of the gland are usually caused by sialolithiasis, sialadenitis or sialadenosis (Table 14.1). There is obviously some overlap in this classification but it...