We recently came across this picture, showing a woman in the 1850s who is suffering from a very noticeable parotid tumor. Today, public perception has changed, and so has the treatment options for tumors like this one.

These days, the preferred choice of treatment for parotid tumors is surgery. The surgical treatment generally requires the partial or complete removal of parotid gland and is known as a parotidectomy, a procedure the unfortunate woman in the picture certainly could have benefited from.

Parotid tumors are abnormal growths within the glands. Most of these growths are benign (non-cancerous), but occasionally they can be malignant (cancerous). On rare occasion, the growths can be enlarged lymph nodes or even non-parotid tumors which have spread into the parotid glands.

The parotid gland is a salivary gland, responsible for making saliva. There are two parotid glands, one on each side of the face. They are located in front of the ears and extend to the lower borders of the jawbones. The glands secrete thin saliva which travels into the mouth to aid in chewing and digesting food.

If you have a parotid tumor or would like to know more about it, schedule a consultation with Dr. Larian today by calling 310.461.0300.