Minor salivary glands

Minor salivary glands are a subset of the salivary glands. They are small and unnamed salivary glandular tissue scattered throughout the oral cavity and oropharynx as well as more widely in the mucosa of the aerodigestive tract. 

They number in the hundreds and are important because salivary gland tumours can arise from them (just as from the major salivary glands). 

Related pathology


Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 6818
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tags: refs, cases
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