Salivary gland tumors

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


In general, the ratio of benign to malignant tumors 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 tumors.


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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Cases and figures

  • Salivary glands

    Figure 1: illustration - salivary glands
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  • Parotid adenocarc...
    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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