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Salivary Gland Disorders

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Anatomy, Function, and Evaluation of the Salivary Glands

  • F. Christopher HolsingerAffiliated withDepartment of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • , Dana T. BuiAffiliated withDepartment of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterThe University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Abstract

  • Embryology of the salivary glands and their associated structures

  • Detailed anatomy of the parotid, submandibular, sublingual, and minor salivary glands, including nervous innervation, arterial supply, and venous and lymphatic drainage

  • Histology and organization of the acini and duct systems within the salivary glands

  • Physiology and function of the glands with respect to the production of saliva

  • Considerations when taking a patient’s history

  • The intra- and extraoral aspects of inspection and palpation during a physical examination