Tumors of the salivary glands constitute a large number of the lesions in the neck and on the face. The so-called mixed cell variety is the most frequent of these growths, although primary carcinomas occur. The close relationship of these lesions to the true malignant growths makes it impossible to separate them. Previous investigations have been directed largely toward a study of the pathogenesis, and but little emphasis has been given to the clinical course. Therefore, a review of the probable pathogenesis, the clinical course and the treatment is given, with a report of twenty-four cases.
According to the appearance of the tumors, various names have been given: fibromyxoma, myxoma, fibromyxo-endothelioma, endothelioma, chondroma, chondrocarcinoma, adenoid cystic epithelioma, cylindroma and many others. Needless to say, they are descriptive only of the type of tissue. The benefit derived from such terms is merely that of a catalog, although the primary purpose of
MARTIN JD, ELKIN DC. TUMORS OF THE SALIVARY GLANDS. Arch Surg. 1934;28(4):727-741. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1934.01170160113006