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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Can you tell me what my ultrasound results mean. A superficial lymph node measuring 1cm in the right parotid gland. Is re active in nature.

Can you tell me what my ultrasound results mean.  A superficial lymph node measuring 1cm  in the right parotid gland.  Is re active in nature.

Inflammation: Reactive means inflammatory probably related to viral or other infection. Ultrasound usually shows some vascularity or hyperemia to node. Usually node disappears with time. Usually lymph nodes one centimeter or less are benign. ...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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I found a lump near my ear. Ultrasound result back as 12mm benign lymph node and fatty replaced nodes in perotid gland. What could this be?

I found a lump near my ear. Ultrasound result back as 12mm benign lymph node and fatty replaced nodes in perotid gland. What could this be?

Reactive lymphadenop: Odds are they are normal nodes. 12 mm is likely the largest dimension. What is the short axis "smallest" dimension. If 5 mm or less very likely reactive meaning they are fighting inflammation/infection. ...Read more

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What are parotid glands?

What are parotid glands?

Salivary gland: The parotid glands are paired salivary glands. They are the biggest of the major salivary glands (others are submandibular glands and sublingual glands). The parotid gland is located below your ear, extends forward underneath the skin of your neck, and travels inferiorly to your neck. ...Read more

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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

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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 will happen if I pierce my parotid gland?

Bad things: You could leak saliva out of your face continuously. You could get a flesh-eating bacterial infection that would require removal of a big portion of the surrounding tissue. You could paralyze part of your face. Why would you want to do that? ...Read more

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What to do about infection in parotid glandsanyone?

What to do about infection in parotid glandsanyone?

Salivary glands: Depending on type of infection,viral,mumps or bacterial from dehydration,candy in mouth(sour)hydration,and later antibiotic,if worsening symptoms,for viral need tests,hydration and pain control ...Read more