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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Lacrimal Gland

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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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Swollen salivary glands or lymph node?

Swollen salivary glands or lymph node?

A good question that: Would require a personal one-on-one clinical exam. It could be either or both. What's more important is to find out why? See your dentist and\or physician. ...Read more

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Whats causing swollen parotid glands?

Many causes: Irritstion from infection (mumps) obstruction from tumor or stones are some of the more common causes but there are many potential reasons. ...Read more

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Can hoshimotos automimmune disease of the thyroid make the submandibular glands enlarged? Or any salivary glands enlarged?

 Can hoshimotos automimmune disease of the thyroid make the submandibular glands enlarged? Or any  salivary glands enlarged?

Possible: Auto immune etiology is the reason for thyroid disease in Hashimoto's .The same pathology -autoimmune if directed against the salivary glands Vs lymph nodes is possible. But make sure that the thyroid disease is Hashimoto's and not thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Could thymus gland regrow?

Could thymus gland regrow?

Ususally not: Thymus usually regresses after reaching maximum size at puberty. It becomes infiltrated with fat during regression. It can enlarge with tumors such as thymoma and thymolipoma. Also hormone associated with hyperthyroidism or graves disease in adolescence can stimulate thymus to overgrow. Otherwise thymus remains dormant in older people. ...Read more

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Can you decrease enlarged parotid glands?

Can you decrease enlarged parotid glands?

Wrong Diabetes: The most common cause for enlarged parotid glands is Insulin resistance. Remember the first stage of carb metabolism is "amylase" produced by the salivary glands. 25% of the population is severely Insulin resistant. To imply a surgical correction of hypertrophied parotids is ridculous. Parotid hypertophy is associated with metabolic syndrome., cure: diet and metformin. ...Read more

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What would cause shrunken salivary glands?

Quick list: Reduced salivary flow can happen for a lot of reasons. This list is probably not comprehensive but: age, medications, radiation, auto immune diseases.... ...Read more

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What's an enlarged thyroid?

What's an enlarged thyroid?

Goiter: Its usually caused by inflammation. This may be autoimmune or infectious. At times it's caused by normal pubertal changes. It does not have to be associated with dysfunction ie hyper or hypo thyroidism. ...Read more

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What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

Graves/Thyroiditis: Most commonly this is due to graves disease or thyroiditis. In both of these cases your immune system attacks your thyroid and tries to kill it, because it thinks it is foreign, like a virus. However in graves disease the antibodies that attack the thyroid actually stimulate receptors that make it grow and produce too much thyroid hormone. In thyroiditis the immune cells infiltrate the thyroid. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes or swollen salivary glands?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes or swollen salivary glands?

Many things: Swollen nodes are often a sign of infection. This can be due to allergy, bacteria, or viruses. On some occasions lymphoma or other cancers can cause this problem. At 35 it is more likely to be benign. I would ask my doctor to evaluate. ...Read more

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Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Goiter: An enlarged thyroid gland is called a goiter. Symptoms can be related to overactive thyroid function or underactive. Overactive symptoms include shakiness, palpitations, diarrhea, sweats, nervousness. Underactive symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, coarse hair and skin. If your gland is enlarged you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does an enlarged pituitary gland mean?

What does an enlarged pituitary gland mean?

Pituitary "enlarged": You need a ct or MRI to see the pituitary. The pituitary normally enlarges during pregnancy and puberty. Hypothyroidism (high tsh) can make it enlarged. Bad stuff: tumors in the pituitary can develop, and they sometime secrete excess hormones, giving rise to many different disorders. Aneurisms, cysts, other things can happen, but all these are readily seen on mri. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen parotid glands?

What could cause swollen parotid glands?

Many things: Viral infection, bacterial infection, tumors from which pleomorphic adenoma would be the first. ...Read more

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Whats a salivary gland infection?

Salivary gland : Any tissue in your body can become infected. You have 3 pairs of major salivary glands. One in front of your ear (parotid), one under your jaw (submandibular) and one under your tongue (sublingual). They can become infected, especially in diabetes or dehydration. ...Read more

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What causes swollen mastoid glands?

What causes swollen mastoid glands?

Lymph nodes: I assume you mean the glands near the mastoid processes behind the ears. Probably lymph nodes. Can be due to local infection, llike scalp infection. If it persists, see your md. ...Read more