Salivary Gland Conditions & Treatment
Salivary stones block the flow of saliva causing pain and swelling. A bacterial infection is a common consequence of salivary stones. Salivary tumors appear as painless masses or lumps. They usually grow very slowly. Sometimes a tumor can affect the nerves that move part of the face because the gland and nerve are located near each other.
Salivary gland stones or tumors are removed surgically. The procedure usually corrects the condition. In the rare case of cancer, one may also be treated with radiation, chemotherapy, or both to assure the best outcome.
Am I at RiskSmokers and people that do not brush their teeth regularly may have an increased risk of salivary gland infections. People with certain medical conditions, including mumps, human immunodeficiency virus, Sjögren's disease, dehydration, or diabetes may be susceptible to infections as well.
ComplicationsYou should receive emergency medical treatment if you experience difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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