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January 1959

Salivary Gland Tumors: Management and Results

Author Affiliations

Newtonville, Mass.

AMA Arch Surg. 1959;78(1):12-16. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1959.04320010016003

Salivary gland tumors arise chiefly in the parotid and submaxillary salivary glands but may occur in any portion of the oral cavity or respiratory tract. Mixed tumor and carcinoma are the commonest types affecting these glands, with a small group of miscellaneous tumors also found.

Material  In this report all of the patients with salivary gland tumors who have been admitted to the Massachusetts General and Pondville (Walpole) Hospitals during the 10-year period from 1942 to 1951 have been studied.

Pathology  While mixed tumor is the commonest neoplasm affecting the salivary glands, in this study one of every five tumors of the parotid and more than one-half of the tumors of the submaxillary salivary gland were found to be carcinoma. Fifty-seven per cent of all tumors of salivary-gland origin occurring in abnormal locations were carcinoma. This relatively high incidence of carcinoma in these tumors is an important observation in considering