Hello, I’m Hakan Cıncık, MD. I am an ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgery specialist.
Today I would like to talk about the diagnosis and complaints of salivary gland tumors. Salivary glands are glands spread in the cheek around the mouth, under the chin, while minor salivary glands are spread in the entire throat, tongue, and floor of the mouth. Generally, complaints related to them arise in the form of a mass. Rarely, in the salivary glands of the cheek or in the salivary glands under the chin namely, the parotid and submandibular glands, salivary gland tumors can occur with swelling in the gland as a result of the obstruction of the ducts in the gland. Since the tumors in this area are 80% benign, only cosmetic effect occurs. It occurs as a swelling in the cheek, swelling under the chin, and a swollen and rough area in the mouth and palate. In addition, in advanced stages, if the cancer progresses, especially in the cheek salivary glands, if the facial nerves just below the cheek are involved, there may be a loss of movement in the involved part of the nerve, as well as a loss of movement in your whole face. These are the first warnings. When a swelling is encountered on the face, cheek, or in the mouth, it is absolutely necessary to go to the doctor.
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