Salivary gland masses & tumours

There are four distinct types of salivary glands in our head and necks are assisting our eating and digestion. They are namely parotid, submandibular, sublingual, and minor salivary glands of the oral cavity as shown below.

Location of salivary glands

Salivary gland problems are multifactorial, but they can be broadly classified into INFECTIONS, STONES, and TUMOURS. Most require a combination of medical and surgical treatment. Surgery requires imaging and pre operative planning to achieve cure.


Salivary pseudo cyst or Ranula

Salivary pseudo cyst or Ranula


Intra-operative inside the mouth view of the cyst prior to removal

Intra-operative inside the mouth view of the cyst prior to removal



Parotid tumour in a 60 year old female

Parotid tumour in a 60 year old female


Operative view of parotid tumour

Operative view of parotid tumour


Murali Mahadevan

Specialist ENT Surgeon

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Epsom, Auckland 1005

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