PAROTID LUMP

PAROTID LUMP
This young female has a lump of left parotid salivary gland. Lump has displaced the ear lobe. Common causes for parotid swelling are viral and bacterial infection, tumours and outflow obstruction due to a stone in the tube of gland. When a patient presents with painful parotid swelling, infection or obstruction is suspected. Examination is not complete until mouth cavity throat and facial nerve is examined. Fine needle aspiration cytology of the gland is performed to have an idea about the pathology of swelling. As this test is not very specific it is wise to operate and remove the gland. Specimen should be sent to the lab to have definite diagnosis.