Salivary gland tumours

Dr Dan J Bell and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

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

Pathology

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

Location

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

Subtypes
Benign
Malignant

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Article information

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

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Cases and figures

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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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