What is a parotid neoplasm?

Q:
What is a parotid neoplasm?

A:
Parotid gland neoplasm is a kind of cancer of the parotid gland. 80% of all salivary gland tumors occur in the parotid gland. The salivary glands are classified as major or minor. The parotid glands are the largest of the three sets of major salivary glands. They located just in front of the ears on each side of the face. They are responsible for producing saliva to aid in chewing and digesting food.

Symptoms

If you have a parotid tumor, you may notice a mass or swelling in your jaw area. It may or may not painful. If the tumor is malignant, it may also affect facial nerves, causing pain, numbness, a burning or prickling sensation, or loss of movement in the face.

Treatment

In most cases, surgery to remove all or a part of the parotid gland is the preferred treatment for parotid tumors. Radiation therapy is also recommended to for malignant parotid tumors.

Keywords: parotid neoplasm;gland;malignant

Leave a Reply