Doctor insights on:
Swollen Paratoid Gland
I have bilateral swollen paratoid glands since July. I had a biopsy but the dr didn't aspirate enough fluid, so I had a ct scan and it showed no tumor or infection. The dr prescribed steroids. Will this help or should I get second opinion. I also went
Not tumor: Non specific enlargement even if bilateral unrelated to a malignant process. Occasional gravel in the duct system of both glands becomes blocked and one sees this problem. More often the problem is non specific swelling and surgery should not be undertaken and biopsy is of no value. Radiation in low dose can reduce this type of glandular response. ...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
Water: Drinking water and sucking on hard candies sometimes helps, but frequently the enlargement with sjogren's is permanent. ...Read more
I am 59 yo woman experiencing day 3 of bilateral painful, swollen parotid glands affecting all 3 major glands. I have a low grade temp. Suggestions ?
Gastroentrerologist: Start with a gastroenterologist. They may also make another referral because the digestive disorder may not be related to the parotid glands. ...Read more