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How accurate is a sialogram on finding a tumor in parotid gland. Ent says no mass. He thinks just plugged duct. I am nervous about this test coming?

Not accurate. The presence of a mass in the parotid gland is suggestive of tumor. About 30% are malignant and on this basis the finding of a mass suggests need for parotidectomy. In actuality the operation is defining facial nerve and lifting gland off nerve so as not to damage it. Associated nodes frequently confirms Ca. A sialogram defines the presence of calculi in the duct system which may block drainage. Read more...

Can a ct scan show a plugged parotid duct and what is plugging it such as stone or mucus? Ent says no mass he thinks just plugged duct I taking mucine

Shows effects. Unless the CT scan is fortunate enough to see the stone, more often than not, it will only show a swollen parotid gland and/or stranding (inflammation) around it that points to a blockage. Most often, crystals /stones or mucus plugs (which can't be seen on CT) are causing the problem. Stay hydrated & follow the treatment recommendations of the ENT surgeon; if it gets worse, then go back for a 2nd. Read more...