SUB MANDIBULAR SALIVARY GLAND SWELLING

SUB MANDIBULAR SALIVARY GLAND SWELLING
There is a visible lump below the jaw. This swelling is due to enlargement of submandibular salivary gland. There are six salivary glands in the body. Parotid glands are situated behind the ear. Submandibular salivary glands are situated under the mandible. Sub lingual salivary glands are situated under the tongue. Sub mandibular gland has a tortuous long duct which opens at the floor of the mouth. When saliva flows slowly along this duct there can be sediment formation. These stones can block the saliva flow during meals. Patient gets a painful swelling of gland during meals. Gland returns to normal size some time after meal. when the stone is removed surgically pain and swelling disappears. Other reason for swelling of the gland is tumour. There will be painless enlargement of the gland .Best treatment is excision of the gland. Gland will be sent to the lab for further evaluation . If the report shows malignancy, further treatment is given by cancer specialists.