What Are Salivary Gland Masses?

Salivary gland masses are diverse in nature. These masses can develop in various parts of the salivary gland system, including the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands. These masses may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and can cause symptoms such as swelling, pain, difficulty swallowing, or facial weakness.

What Are the Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Mass?

  • Swelling: Noticeable enlargement or lump in the affected salivary gland area, often accompanied by tenderness or discomfort.
  • Pain or Discomfort: Persistent or intermittent pain in the salivary gland region, particularly during eating or swallowing, indicative of inflammation or obstruction.
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia): Reduced saliva production leads to dryness in the mouth, which can cause difficulties in chewing, swallowing, and speaking.
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia): Sensation of obstruction or difficulty in moving food or liquids down the throat, often associated with larger salivary gland masses pressing on nearby structures.
  • Facial Nerve Weakness: Weakness or paralysis on one side of the face, potentially indicating compression or involvement of the facial nerve by a salivary gland tumor.
  • Unpleasant Taste or Odor: Unpleasant taste or odor in the mouth, often due to decreased saliva flow or accumulation of secretions from the affected gland.
  • Recurrent Infections: Frequent episodes of salivary gland infections, such as sialadenitis, characterized by pain, swelling, and fever, especially in the presence of obstructive masses.
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Diagnosing Your Condition at Southern ENT Associates

Diagnosing salivary gland masses requires a comprehensive evaluation, including a thorough medical history, physical examination, imaging studies (such as ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI), and sometimes a biopsy to determine the nature of the mass. At Southern ENT Associates, our specialists utilize advanced diagnostic techniques to assess salivary gland masses and develop personalized treatment plans accurately.

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How are Salivary Gland Masses Treated?

Treatment for salivary gland masses depends on several factors, including the type, size, location, and whether the mass is benign or malignant. Our multidisciplinary team at Southern ENT Associates offers a range of treatment options, including observation, minimally invasive procedures (such as fine-needle aspiration or core needle biopsy), surgical removal of the mass (partial or complete gland removal), and in some cases, radiation therapy or chemotherapy for malignant tumors.

Surgical Treatments for Salivary Gland Masses

Superficial Parotidectomy:

Surgical removal of the superficial lobe of the parotid gland (the largest salivary gland) to excise benign or malignant tumors while preserving facial nerve function.

Submandibular Gland Excision:

Removal of the submandibular gland to treat masses or tumors affecting this gland, often performed to address recurrent infections or suspected malignancies.

Salivary Gland Biopsy:

A minimally invasive procedure to obtain tissue samples from the salivary gland for diagnostic purposes, typically performed under local anesthesia using a fine needle or core needle biopsy technique.

Complete Parotidectomy:

Full surgical removal of the entire parotid gland, including both superficial and deep lobes, indicated for larger or more complex tumors involving the gland.

Salivary Duct Surgery:

Surgical repair or reconstruction of the salivary duct system to address obstructions, strictures, or injuries affecting salivary flow and gland function.

Our Surgical Team: Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists 

When surgical intervention is necessary, our skilled surgeons perform procedures with precision and care to achieve optimal outcomes while preserving function and aesthetics. Whether it's a superficial parotidectomy, submandibular gland excision, or complex reconstructive surgery, patients can trust Southern ENT Associates for expert surgical management of salivary gland masses.

Comprehensive Care and Support

At Southern ENT Associates, we understand how a salivary gland mass will impact your quality of life. That's why we provide compassionate care and support throughout the diagnostic and treatment process, ensuring you feel informed, empowered, and well-cared for at every step.

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Why Choose Us for Salivary Gland Masses?

  • Surgical Expertise: Our team of ENT specialists includes fellowship-trained surgeons with extensive experience diagnosing and treating salivary gland disorders.
  • Advanced Technology: We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques to provide the highest level of care.
  • Patient-Centered Approach: At Southern ENT Associates, we prioritize patient satisfaction and strive to deliver personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
    Comprehensive Services: From diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care, we offer comprehensive treatments to address salivary gland masses.

If you're experiencing symptoms of salivary gland masses or have concerns about your salivary gland health, don't hesitate to reach out to Southern ENT Associates. Our team is here to provide expert evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment to help you achieve optimal health and well-being.

With 6 convenient locations in Southern Louisiana, we make accessing the treatment you need easy.

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