Embryology of the Salivary Glands

  • Catherine Lau
  • Mark McGurk


The parotid gland appears behind the angle of the mouth, which is lined with buccal epithelium. This groove then closes to form the parotid duct which extends backwards. The blind distal end branches repeatedly and canalizes to form the acini of the gland. The duct recedes from the angle of the mouth to open in the vestibule of the mouth opposite the upper second molar tooth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Lau
    • 1
  • Mark McGurk
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal London HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.University College HospitalLondonUK

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