Sitting in bed on a Saturday afternoon, my eyes filled with tears as I spooned cold, plain macaroni noodles into my mouth. Without chewing, they slid down my throat one-by-one until the pain became unbearable. I dropped the bowl, still full, onto my nightstand and laid back on my pillow feeling helpless as tears slid down my cheeks, past my chin, and over the solid golf ball-sized mass protruding from the left side of my neck.
Salivary gland infections affect the glands that produce spit saliva. The infection may be due to bacteria or viruses. All of the salivary glands empty saliva into the mouth.
Salivary duct stones are deposits of minerals in the ducts that drain the salivary glands. Salivary duct stones are a type of salivary gland disorder. Spit saliva is produced by the salivary glands in the mouth.
Salivary glands make the saliva in your mouth, which is very important for the health of your mouth and teeth eg it stops your mouth drying out - and also for the first stages of digestion of food it contains some enzymes and salts. There are three major salivary glands around the mouth 1 sublingual - under the tongue, 2 parotid - overlying the cheek, and 3 submandibular gland- close to the jawline. There are also many small minor salivary glands, which are scattered throughout the mouth eg you can feel them as little bumps in your cheeks and lips.
Salivary infection, also called sialadenitis, most commonly affects the parotid salivary glands on the side of the face, near the ears or the submandibular salivary glands under the jaw. The most common causes of acute salivary gland infections are bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus, or staph. Viruses and fungi can also cause infection in the glands.
Sometimes blockages in the ducts that lead from the salivary glands can be removed, but some people need to use saliva substitutes. See also Introduction to Mouth and Throat Disorders. The parotid glandsthe largest pair of salivary glands,lie just behind the angle of the jaw, below and in front of the ears.
Language: English Italian. The clinical setting is essential to address the appropriate diagnostic imaging work-up. According to history and physical examination, four main clinical scenarios can be recognised: 1 acute generalised swelling of major salivary glands; 2 acute swelling of a single major salivary gland; 3 chronic generalised swelling of major salivary glands, associated or not with "dry mouth"; 4 chronic or prolonged swelling of a single major salivary gland.
Special Offers. Saliva seems like a trivial thing, but it's far from the least important part of your body. Saliva's moisture allows you to comfortably chew, swallow and even digest your food.
There are many possible causes of parotid swellings, from Sjogren's syndrome to either benign or malignant neoplasms, explain Mr Malcolm Buchanan, Dr Himat Thandi and Miss Jaan Panesar. The rate of growth of a parotid swelling, whether or not it is painful, and the presence of any associated symptoms such as xerostomia and xerophthalmia that might suggest Sjogren's syndrome, can all be established from a good history. Facial weakness and rapid growth are indicative of malignancy, where pain is not usually a presenting feature.