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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Parotid Hypertrophy

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What causes the parotid gland to spasm?

What causes the parotid gland to spasm?

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 (Definition)

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


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What can cause the parotid glands to become painful?

What can cause the parotid glands to become painful?

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

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What could cause swollen parotid glands?

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 more

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What can cause a bilateral cyst in parotid glands?

What can cause a bilateral cyst in parotid glands?

Hmmmm: Sjogren's, head/neck radiation, genetics, dehydration. Get some lemon drops to promote salivation. ...Read more

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What could cause my parotid gland to swell when I eat?

What could cause my parotid gland to swell when I eat?

Ductal stone?: You can get stones in the salivary duct that drains your parotid gland which can cause the gland to swell and hurt. You need to see your doctor. If it is a stone, it will need to be removed. ...Read more

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What can cause radiopaque lesions on your parotid glands?

Sailvary Stones: Are the most likely answer but there are other lesions (both benign and malignant) which can have radiopaque aspects of the lesion. (chronic sclerosing sialadenitis (küttner’s tumour) of the parotid gland for example). ...Read more

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What causes the parotid glands to become swollen and painful?

What causes the parotid glands to become swollen and painful?

Many things: Cysts, tumors, occluded ducts, salivary duct stones, and mumps virus (bilateral swelling) are most common. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Does liver disease cause parotid swelling?

Does liver disease cause parotid swelling?

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 more

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Please tell me can digestive disorders cause swollen parotid glands?

Please tell me can digestive disorders cause swollen parotid glands?

No: They could be the comorbid conditions., but the salivary glands may become inflamed and swollen because of infection, tumors, or stones.
If concern see your PCP for more information. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Simple cyst: This is just "good news". Unless the radiologist suggests otherwise, leave the silly little cyst alone. It's almost certainly a bit of salivary gland duct that got plugged, inflated like a balloon, and stayed that way. ...Read more

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What causes enlarged/swollen saliva/parotid glands?

What causes enlarged/swollen saliva/parotid glands?

Many possibilities: See an oral surgeon or ENT physician for a diagnosis. Among other things it could be a blocked salivary gland or a tumor. ...Read more

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Does tinnitus cause cyst in the parotid gland?

No: Tinnitus is a symptom where you hear noise that is not present in your environment. Cyst in the parotid develops independent of that. ...Read more

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Can problem with upper molar cause problems with parotid duct

Can problem with upper molar cause problems with parotid duct

Yes: The parotid duct enters the mouth adjacent to the upper first or second molar teeth. Infection in these teeth can cause swelling, redness and pain of the duct orifice and a dry mouth. See your dentist if this persists! ...Read more

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What could cause a slightly elevated relative lymphocyte count and abnormal parotid glands?

Viral infection: This could be a presentation of the mumps virus. It would be worthwhile to see an ent. ...Read more

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What causes diminished excretion by the parotid and submandibular glands? I do not any autoimmune diseases.

What causes diminished excretion by the parotid and submandibular glands? I do not any autoimmune diseases.

Common Causes: Gland stones, infection, tumors, systemic disease, meds that decrease saliva production, etc. Regardless the cause, for the best long-term dry mouth treatment, visit orofacial pain or oral medicine specialist. ...Read more

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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

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6yr old son swollen left parotid for 4days, pain only to touch. Bactrim no improvement. US scan indicates Sjogrens. Other causes? Is fine otherwise.

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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What could cause excess cortisol in the saliva and swollen parotid gland?

What could cause excess cortisol in the saliva and swollen parotid gland?

Cushings Disease: There are many conditions that can be related to the question you are asking. It is best to see your internist for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. For more information regarding cushings syndrome you might check - neurosurgery. Stanford. Edu/pituitary/cushings_syndrome. Html and for salivary cortisol see: macses. Ucsf. Edu/research/allostatic/pdf/faqs-salivcort. Pdf. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between facial swelling caused by TMJ and swelling caused by problems with salivary (parotid) glands?

How can you tell the difference between facial swelling caused by TMJ and swelling caused by problems with salivary (parotid) glands?

Facial swelling: Tmj facial swelling is quite rare even with advanced TMJ disease. The joint is deep and beneath the skull base encased in a very dense capsule making expansion onto the face unlikely. The glands and parotid in particular are quite a bit less "encased" and any inflammatory or other cause of swelling is usually more visible. Often overlooked other causes (ie wisdom teeh) require an exam. ...Read more

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Hello! I'm 20 yrs old Male from egypt n I've 1ml stone on Lt duct of parotid gland that causes inflammation n swelling repeatedly. What should I do?

Hello! I'm 20 yrs old Male from egypt n I've 1ml stone on Lt duct of parotid gland that causes inflammation n swelling repeatedly. What should I do?

Need to see ENT: You need to see ear nose and throat doctor they take care of this kind of the problem do not ignore it it can turn serious by causing infection so go and see a doctor good luck bilsalameh ...Read more

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Have painful, very swollen parotid gland, wcc and virus studies normal. Ultrasound revealed whole gland swelling, no stones. Causes?

Not enuf info: Need to know how long this has been going on, whether WBC is normal or not, whether biopsy has been suggested, etc. Sounds as if you have been going through a progressive detailed evaluation and suggest you continue with this knowledgeable physician. ...Read more

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Can pepsin and acids in throat caused by LPR, get into both parotids and cause pain, soreness and stinging upon eating? No apparent swelling.

Can pepsin and acids in throat caused by LPR, get into both parotids and cause pain, soreness and stinging upon eating? No apparent swelling.

Unlikely: I think that would be extremely unlikely, but one can "never say never". It also depends on how the LPR was diagnosed. If you haven't had a formal pH study, you should consider if since your having problems. There are woress studies for 48 hours that measure acid only, and 24 hr studies that measure acid and non-acid reflux. Consider a consult with a GI doctor interested in esophageal testing. ...Read more

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Can a stone in parotid duct cause facial numbness? Ent suspects that he said no mass so I glad it don't seem to be Tumor. Swelling for 8 weeks now

Can a stone in parotid duct cause facial numbness? Ent suspects that he said no mass so I glad it don't seem to be Tumor. Swelling for 8 weeks now

No: The parotid gland is in close proximity to the facial nerve which is strictly motor in function. Whether inflammation from stone in duct or tumor mass compromising this nerve, weakness occurs on that side with face pulling toward functional nerve. The trigeminal n. V has sensory components which when involved ie mandibular branch can cause numbness. ...Read more

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My son has what seems to be enlarged parotid salivary duct in mouth. The parotid gland itself is not swollen at all. Can rubbing on teeth cause this?

My son has what seems to be enlarged parotid salivary duct in mouth. The parotid gland itself is not swollen at all. Can rubbing on teeth cause this?

Unlikely...: The literature does not describe any association with parotid or salivary duct issues with bruxism (rubbing of teeth). People with this type of problem may experience jaw pain, temporomandibular joint pain, slight enlargement of facial muscle (masseter), erosion of teeth, among others. If you feel he has some salivary gland issues make sure he sees an ENT specialist for exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Am I high risks for being pregnant, cause my ANA is positive nd have thyroid nodule nd thyroid hormone is 2 point below average my parotid gland en?

Am I high risks for being pregnant, cause my ANA is positive nd have thyroid nodule nd thyroid hormone is 2 point below average my parotid gland en?

Don't know: About your ana; talk w/your OB about that. Thyroid nodule is no problem, but it should be evaluated to see if biopsy is indicated. Parotid enlargement needs to be checked as well. Don't know what thyroid hormone level you mean when you say 2 points below average. Importance would be different depending upon which test you're referring to. Check w/your doctor and make sure before attempting to conc. ...Read more