A Study of Clinicopathological Profile of Salivary Gland Swellings

  • Amulya Manohar ThotambailuEmail author
  • B. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary
Original Article


Salivary gland diseases usually present as a swelling of the affected gland. These lesions are commonly encountered in day to day practice. A salivary gland swelling can present in a variety of locations, depending on the salivary gland affected. The purpose of the study is to know the incidence of salivary gland swellings and the usefulness of FNAC in evaluating these swellings. The present study is a time bound prospective study of fifty consecutive cases of salivary gland swellings admitted in our hospital during the period November 2014–August 2016. Most of the patients underwent pre-operative work up with FNAC and patients indicated for surgery underwent surgery and HPE. Salivary gland swelling occurred more commonly in 3rd decade of life and equal number of cases were seen in both genders. Most of the patients presented with salivary gland swelling (98%). 21 (42%) were non neoplastic, 29 (58%) were neoplastic swellings, 18 (36%) were benign of which pleomorphic adenoma was the most common and 11 (22%) were malignant of which adenoid cystic carcinoma was the most common. Parotid gland was the most common gland involved. Fine needle aspiration cytology was highly sensitive for benign tumours and highly specific for malignant tumours. FNAC should be first choice of investigation in evaluating the salivary gland pathologies. Early diagnosis and subsequent appropriate management carries good prognosis.


Salivary glands Fine needle aspiration cytology Benign Malignant Parotid gland Submadibular gland 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amulya Manohar Thotambailu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • B. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary
    • 1
  1. 1.K S Hegde Medical AcademyNitte UniversityMangaloreIndia
  2. 2.c/o Deepu Chengappa, Meridiyen Staff QuartersYenepoya UniversityDeralakatte, MangaloreIndia

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