The salivary glands are divided into the major and minor salivary glands. The major salivary glands consist of the following:
In addition to these there are hundreds of minor salivary glands through the mouth, nose and throat.
Diseases of the salivary glands are diverse. Some of the causes include:
Tumours of the salivary glands are rare however the presence of a lump in any salivary gland for more than a couple of weeks should be investigated. Tumours of the salivary glands can be either benign or malignant (cancerous). Thankfully most are benign. Nevertheless all of these need investigation and this is best done by an ENT surgeon with a particular interest in surgery of this type. I would recommend removal of almost all tumours of the salivary glands, even benign tumours. There are a number of reasons for this including the inaccuracy of needle tests, risk of benign tumours becoming a cancer and also the cosmetic concerns associated with lumps on the face or neck.
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We are currently in unchartered waters with the COVID-19 pandemic. At ENTSA we are, as always, committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and our patients. Ear, nose and throat examinations and surgery however are considered extremely high risk for virus transmission and so we are making changes in our practice.
The current recommendations from the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) are:
As a result of this, our practice is changing. We are still here to care for new and existing patients. We have established a Telehealth system to enable continuity of care for existing patients and a ‘non-contact’ option for new patients to access an initial assessment and commencement of treatment.
Please call us to discuss Telehealth options on: (08) 7200 2539
We will still see some patients in the office however this will be limited to protect the health of you and our staff.
If you attend, we ask you to comply with the following: