Salivary gland tumours

Salivary gland tumours are variable in location, origin and malignant potential. 


In general, the ratio of benign to malignant tumours is proportional to the gland size; i.e., the parotid gland tends to have benign neoplasm, the submandibular gland 50:50 and the sublingual glands and accessory glands mostly malignant. Due to the size discrepancy in absolute numbers parotid gland has the most tumours.

  • parotid gland: 70%
  • minor salivary glands (including sublingual): 22% with the palate being most frequent (see: minor salivary gland tumours)
  • submandibular gland: 8%

Overall ~80% of all parotid masses are benign, and the majority of these are pleomorphic adenomas


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rID: 2015
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Salivary gland tumors

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    Figure 1: illustration - salivary glands
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    Case 1: adenocarcinoma of parotid gland
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    Figure 2: chart - relative frequency
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    Case 2: mucoepidermoid carcinoma
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    Case 3: pleomorphic adenoma
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    Case 4: oncocytoma of submandibular gland
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    Case 5: parotid lipoma
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    Case 6: parotid lymphoma
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