Salivary Gland Tumours Treatment

The salivary glands are a system or network of glands, including: parotid, submaxillary, sublingual and minor salivary glands. Their function is to secrete saliva in order to maintain an adequate level of moistness, lubrication and pH in the mouth. They are also responsible for providing proteins and liquids for the proper salivation of food.

The majority of salivary gland tumours are benign. However, despite their benignity, these tumours tend to grow and may cause facial deformity, irritation and pain, as well as affect the facial nerve. The first priority is for the maxillofacial surgeon to rule out the presence of malignant tumours.

Parotid tumours

Salivary gland tumours are mainly found in the parotid glands. In parotid gland surgery, the main objective is to conserve and avoid damage to the facial nerve, which is responsible for facial expression. This runs through the mass of the parotid gland, so any required surgery must be carried out by an expert team with experience in this type of intervention.

The Institute’s team of maxillofacial surgeons use a neurostimulator, a device that provides an audible interpretation, by means of electrodes, of the location of the facial nerve. Thus, when performing a parotidectomy –partial or complete removal of the parotid gland–, overall facial expression is not affected.

Centro Médico Teknon
Carrer Vilana, 12 (Off. 185)
08022 - Barcelona
Tel: +34 933 933 185 - Fax: +34 933 933 085

Hospital Quirónsalud de Valencia, en la consulta 4,
ubicada en la calle Artes Gráficas, 4.
Tel: +34 648 035 521