The problem of Salivary Gland Tumors is rare in children but does occur. Basically salivary gland tumors are benign and kind of a painless salivary mass. However, in some children these can be malignant. These are usually symbolised with sudden or rapid growth. They are firm and also nodular, which can further get ulcerated with time and cause discomfort.
HOW IS SALIVARY GLAND TUMORS DIAGNOSED?
A physical examination by an ENT specialist would show this lump and scans such as x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs could be performed for further diagnosis. A biopsy might be recommended to determine if the tumour is cancerous.
HOW IS SALIVARY GLAND TUMORS TREATED?
Surgical removal of the salivary glands is the first line of treatment. If the tumor is benign, no treatment is required. Radiation therapy may be needed for a cancerous tumor.
DID YOU KNOW?
Of the reported cases, 20 to 25% of salivary gland tumors are malignant. However, there are acute complications involved that lead to death.