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January 3, 1948


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Ann Arbor, Mich.

JAMA. 1948;136(1):1-4. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890180003001

The secretions of the buccal cavity are derived from a number of secretory glands, the parotid, submaxillary and sublingual glands; the glands of Blandin and Nuhn, the palatal glands, Moore glands and a number of small mucus-secreting units situated in the floor of the mouth and the buccal surfaces of the cheeks.

For practical purposes I may limit my consideration to the parotid and submaxillary glands. These are the two chief structures which enter into my discussion because they are the only ones frequently affected by pathologic conditions which come to the attention of the otolaryngologist. The sublingual glands are of lesser significance. Aside from the fact that they may enter into a somewhat vicarious form of ranula, they hold little interest for the otolaryngologist. Occasionally a duct of one of the sublingual glands will become obstructed, causing a myxomatous degeneration and a swelling in the floor of the mouth

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