The salivary glands produce saliva which aids in swallowing, digestion and controlling infection. There are three sets of salivary glands. The parotid glands are the largest and are located just below and in front of the ear. The facial nerve, which supplies the muscles that move the face, passes through this gland. Cysts may develop within these glands. As saliva continues to be produced, the cysts may enlarge, possible forming a painful mass. In addition, the cysts may become secondarily infected.
Causes of Parotid Gland Cyst
Small passages of the gland may become blocked, leading to accumulation of the products of the cells of the salivary gland.
Signs and Symptoms of Parotid Gland Cyst
Parotid gland cysts produce a lump, at times painful, just below and in front of the ear. the lump may come and go or may steadily increase in size. If the cyst becomes infected, redness, heat and swelling may develop. Lumps formed by salivary ducts tumors frequently do not produce any pain.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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