Some of the cells in a salivary gland, where they multiply unfettered, forming a tumor. The reason for this is unknown. Most tumors of the salivary gland occurs in ørespytkirtlerne and are usually benign. They grow slowly over several years and lead to enlarged glands, but gives no symptoms.

In some cases, a spytkirteltumor be malignant. In Denmark, discovered a year about one case per. 100,000 inhabitants, and this type of tumor is pretty extraordinary.

Has there been a closed salivary gland or experiencing an unexplained pain or other form of discomfort in the mouth, you should consult a doctor. The diagnosis can be made using a tissue. Often you can determine whether it is a tumor or a saliva stones at an MRI scan or CT scan.


A tumor in a salivary gland can usually be removed by surgery. Malignant tumors are treated when we have operated them away, with radiation, which destroys any residual tumor tissue. By operation of ørespytkirtlerne is a risk of damage to the facial nerve, which runs near these glands. Mimiske nerve controls facial muscles. The damage can be transient, and nerve resumes after a time when its normal function.



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