Last Updated on Nov 27, 2014

Signs and Symptoms

The most common sign of a salivary gland tumor is a painless salivary lump or mass. A lump in the area of the ear, cheek, jaw, lip, or inside the mouth mandates consultation with a doctor. Another common symptom is trouble swallowing or opening the mouth widely.

Apart from these common clinical features, there are others that require medical attention:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face
  • Pain in the face that does not go away
  • Fluid draining from the ear

At times salivary gland cancers do not cause any symptoms at all. They may found during a regular dental check-up or physical exam. It should also be noted that the listed clinical features are not specific to salivary gland cancers, i.e. they may be caused by other conditions.

References:

  1. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 18th Ed.
  2. Schwartz Manual of Surgery, 8th Ed.
  3. Mayo Clinic
  4. National Cancer Institute

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