Benign tumors of the salivary glands: symptoms and characteristics

Written by: Dr. Daniel Torres Lagares
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Pleomorphic adenoma is the most common salivary gland tumor is benign and is composed of epithelial cells in a tissue or a chondroid or myxomatous matrix Chondroid. The "pleomorphic" concept refers to the wide variety of structures may appear in.

Symptoms of benign tumors in the salivary glands

When found in the parotid gland (under the ear and behind the lower jaw) and lift and separate the pinna, distending the skin, the tumor can sometimes cause pain by compression in the facial nerve.

But if it originates from an accessory gland (salivary gland), growth causes increased volume of the area, but rarely causes pain by nerve compression.

Typically, this tumor chewing difficult and, in some cases, the patient claims to have difficulty speaking.


Characteristics of benign tumors in the salivary glands

Pleomorphic adenoma is usually a single tumor, grayish-white, with well-defined limits, encapsulated, firm and usually multilobulated. The outer surface is smooth, although in some cases may be roughened.

When the tumor affects intraoral accessory gland, the size usually does not exceed 1 or 2 cm in diameter, although in some cases can be up to 6 or 7 cm.

The mouthparts most affected by this tumor are lip and palate, as 85% of these tumors are found in the parotid glands, compared with 8% in the submandibular and 7% in minor glands.

Since there are no signs that the tumor be a pleomorphic adenoma or other salivary tumor, you need to go to a consultation of Dentistry to explore, analyze its composition and diagnosis.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Daniel Torres Lagares

Dr. Torres Lagares has over 10 years dedicated to dentistry. In parallel with the exercise of their profession, the doctor has practiced and worked as professor in the Department of Stomatology of the University of Seville. Throughout his long career, Dr. has combined both his teaching career as professional with the publication of articles and books, as well as collaboration in congresses, conferences and research projects. Currently it serves on Setodent Dental Clinic in Santa Luisa de Sevilla Hospital.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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