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Causes Of Parotid Hypertrophy
Parotid spasm: The parotid gland is on of the large glands that makes saliva. The duct or tube that drains it secretes saliva into the mouth from the cheek oposite the second molar. I that tube is blocked or partially blocked, the gland spasms as it tries to secrete the saliva. The tube can be swollen from an inflammatory process or there could be a stone, it could be from dehydration, or it could be from tumor. ...Read more
Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more
Stones...masses: Inflammatory processes inside the parotid gland can cause pain. This can be from a stone/sludge blocking the drainage system or from a lump in the gland from a tumor. Positive signs- reapidly developing swelling, pain, foul taste in the mouth when you press on the face. Bad signs- change in the movement of the face muscles, trouble swallowing. Get checked out by an ENT soon. ...Read more
Blockage: While my colleague is correct, the reasons given are rather more rare than the simplest explanation: blockage. Calcium deposits or firm stones of calcified elements can cause the parotid gland to swell. It happens when people even look at a pickle, an start the juices flowing. Sialography or a sialogram can tell where the blockage is and how best to treat it. Rule out significant disease first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes unilateral parotid swelling. My right one is only slightly bigger than the left. I asked if if was hiv, but i tested neg 4 weeks ago.
Slight asymmetry: Maybe they were slightly asymmetric at birth? This is one potential cause. Another cause might be a slight infection of the gland or even a stone stuck in the duct. Progressive increase in size and or pain will require evaluation by your doc. ...Read more
Usually not: Generally no, but there are many things which can cause swelling of the parotid glands (spit glands in the cheeks). You should have it checked out by your md, but in general, painful swelling of the parotid glands can be initially treated with hot compresses, good hydration (lots of water) and sour foods/liquids taken 5-10x/day (vinegar, lemon juice, sour candies, etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confused.Tiny cystic 10mm thing on lft parotid tail,incidental find.Should biopsy now or wait to see if grows?Would biopsy cause spread? Wait or now?
What causes diminished excretion by the parotid and submandibular glands?I do not any autoimmune diseases.
I have bad headaches that start w/ parotid gland swelling/pain & develop quickly. They go away after 2 hours or so. What is the connection? Cause?
If sure its Parotid: If the parotid gland intermittently swells and then resolves, especially if swells when seeing food, it is quite diagnostic for an obstruction in or more likely in the glands duct, called stenson's duct. It is called commonly a sialolith. Good luck! ...Read more
6yr old son swollen left parotid for 4days, pain only to touch. Bactrim no improvement. US scan indicates Sjogrens. Other causes? Is fine otherwise.
Very rare: to have Sjogren's syndrome at this age, given also that she is fine otherwise, and just one side is inflamed. Sialdenitis (meaning inflammation of salivary gland) is what she has, mumps is a cause, although unlikely if she has had the vaccination, and she would be sick. Although US imaging can be used to diagnose Sjogren's, it is used with other criteria for diagnosis, and not a definitive one ...Read more
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