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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I had a CT scan of my neck today to check swelling in my parotid gland. I was wondering if your sinuses would show up in this scan also?

I had a CT scan of my neck today to check swelling in my parotid gland. I was wondering if your sinuses would show up in this scan also?

Yes: but not a great view the picture will be focused more lateral and behind some of the sinuses. But there will be views of the sinuses. ...Read more

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I going to ent nov7 I had just swelling on my parotid gland for 5 weeks doc didn't feel no Tumor he said more inflamed . My chances good of no cancer?

I going to ent nov7 I had just swelling on my parotid gland for 5 weeks doc didn't feel no Tumor he said more inflamed . My chances good of no cancer?

Parotid : Parotid cancers are not that common, but when they do, they invariably present as a distinct mass or tumor. Non-distinct swelling of the glands is typically infection or inflammation. Could also be vascular or lymphatic. I think your chances are pretty low for cancer based on what you have described. Wishing you the best with your ENT visit! ...Read more

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How many days accur parotid glands swelling?

How many days accur parotid glands swelling?

Parotid swelling: Not really sure what your question is. It is not normal to have swelling of any kind in most instances, especially if it has lasted a while. It could be something as simple as a clogged duct, or a cold in the gland, or something more serious. I would see your physician asap. ...Read more

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Sir...Parotid glands swelling will be heal in HIV without medications?

Sir...Parotid glands swelling will be  heal in HIV without medications?

Not likely: The parotid gland can become swollen for a few reasons, infection, blockage, or benign growth. If you have hiv, your immune system is likely not as strong as it could be to fight the infection. Regardless, a parotid gland infection usually needs medication to resolve. If the swelling is due to other than infection, than a different treatment would be needed (other than medication). Good luck. ...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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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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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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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