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Salivary Gland (Definition)

There are major and minor salivary glands. The major glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublimgul) are paired on each side of the jaw. There are about 300 minor glands scattered about the mouth and throat. They all produce saliva which keeps the mouth moist and helps with ...Read more


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Should you be able to feel your submandibular salivary gland? If so, what does it feel like AND how large is it?

Should you be able to feel your submandibular salivary gland? If so, what does it feel like AND how large is it?

ENT Exam: You've asked numerous questions on the forum about your submandibular glands. You are obviously concerned. See an ENT doc for exam to put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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Can you roll out your submandibular salivary gland bilaterally? or am i rolling out my submandibular lymph nodes? unsure.

Lymph nodes: When they a swollen, lymph nodes feel like small hard boiled eggs. They can roll around. The submandibular salivary gland covers most of the floor of the mouth. If there is a problem with it, the whole mass swells up. ...Read more

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I had a wisdom tooth removed and now submandibular salivary gland is swollen. Is this normal?

I had a wisdom tooth removed and now submandibular salivary gland is swollen. Is this normal?

Probably not: My first question is whether it is your submandibular gland or a lymph node that is swollen because they are two different things. If it is your gland then you may have a blockage or an infection. If it is your lymph node you probably have an infection. In either case you need to see your oral surgeon and have him take a look at things to see if you need to be on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Following my wisdom tooth extraction my submandibular salivary gland is swollen is this normal?

Gland Swelling?: After extractions swelling is normal in many areas of the mouth. Glands, muscles, joint area, and tongue have all been known to swell. If the swelling persists past 7 days or is painful on light pressure after 4 days, it is recommended that you return to your surgeon for an evaluation of the area. ...Read more

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I have Sjogrens syndrome and have had to have both submandibular salivary glands removed and now on both sides of my neck below the jaw the lymph nodes are very hard and have not changed for almost a year do I need to be concerned?

I have Sjogrens syndrome and have had to have both submandibular salivary glands removed and now on both sides of my neck below the jaw the lymph nodes are very hard and have not changed for almost a year do I need to be concerned?

maybe not lymph?: Are you certain that what you feel are lymph nodes? Perhaps it could be calcified scar tissue that healed like that after after your surgery? Have they been intermittently hard or constantly? If constant, it's possible they are clogged and may have to be opened. ...Read more

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Post submandibular salivary gland removal issues i had my left submandibular salivary gland removed about 10 weeks ago due to a chronic infection we could not clear up w/. Antibiotics (keflex). My symptoms started last june w/.My tongue going numb for br

Post submandibular salivary gland removal issues i had my left submandibular salivary gland removed about 10 weeks ago due to a chronic infection we could not clear up w/. Antibiotics (keflex).  My symptoms started last june w/.My tongue going numb for br

Good : Good info but confusing. Where was the infection and why was it attributed to the submandibular gland which came back pathologically normal? What were the symptoms and signs of the "chronic infection"? The lingual nerve does provide sensation of the anterior two-thirds of the oral tongue (among other things) and inflammatory involvement of it by glandular infection may cause pain but not typically numbness. Malignant tumors, such as adenoid cystic carcinoma of the submandibular gland ( most common type in this gland), tend to have perineural growth patterns and can cause pain and numbness, if involved, but don't typically present with signs of " infection". I think it is very reasonable to see a neurologist for this to rule out possible neuropathic causes and consider further imaging studies such as MRI with gadolinium. ...Read more

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Pain under jaw in submandibular gland, CT ,mri and dental X-rays normal. DX of salivary gland problems or oromandibular dyskinesia. Would botox help?

Pain under jaw in submandibular gland, CT ,mri and dental X-rays normal. DX of salivary gland problems or oromandibular dyskinesia. Would botox help?

Perhaps, but: It makes more sense to find out what is the cause of the pain and dyskinesia. The most common cause for such pain is an unresolved infection draining from an unhealthy tooth. Dyskinesia can be a local factor related to the TM joint or a systemic factor, such as a stage 2 Lyme Disease manifestation like Parkinsons Disease or MS. ...Read more