Salivary Gland Neoplasms: Introduction

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The salivary glands are the site of origin of a wide variety of neoplasms. The histopathology of these tumors is said to be the most complex and diverse of any organ in the body.

Salivary gland neoplasms are also relatively uncommon with an estimated annual incidence in the United States of 2.2 to 2.5 cases per 100,000 people; they constitute only about 2% of all head and neck neoplasms .

Nearly 80% of these tumors occur in the parotid glands, 15% in the submandibular glands and the remaining 5% in the sublingual and minor salivary glands.

Benign neoplasms make up about 80% of parotid tumors, 50% of submandibular tumors and less than 40% of sublingual and minor salivary gland tumors.

Category: Pathology Notes



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