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Capital Otolaryngology

Salivary Gland Care

Capital Otolaryngology

Patients may develop swelling, infection, or tumors in their salivary glands. These glands are found in the cheek and under the jaw on each side of the face. Capital Otolaryngology will perform a thorough evaluation of these glands in our Lakeway or Austin ENT offices using state-of-the-art equipment, including our CT scanner, to determine if a tumor is present. 

Capital Otolaryngology provides treatment for common conditions of the salivary glands including:

Salivary Gland Tumors

Benign and cancerous tumors may form in salivary tissues. These typically present as slowly growing painless lumps in the cheeks near the ear. Removal of these tumors is performed as an outpatient procedure with detailed microsurgical techniques to prevent injury to delicate facial structures such as the facial nerve.

Salivary Gland Stones

Patients may develop stones in the salivary ducts, causing blockage of the ducts with painful swelling and backup of salivary tissue. Most stones will pass with appropriate medical therapy. Removal of the affected salivary gland is sometimes necessary if the stones will not pass or tend to recur.

Salivary Gland Inflammation

The salivary gland may undergo recurring episodes of swelling related to poor hydration or medical disorders. Appropriate medical care can typically resolve this issue if no tumor or stone is present.

For more information about salivary gland treatment from our ENT specialists, contact Capital Otolaryngology in Austin at (512) 339-4040 or in Lakeway at (512) 682-4798, or use our appointment request form.

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