Warthin's tumor history and symptoms

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Overview

The hallmark of Warthin's tumor is swelling of jaw, cheek, mouth, or neck. A positive history of swollen salivary gland and jaw pain is suggestive of Warthin's tumor. The most common symptoms of Warthin's tumor include tinnitus, earache, and blood in saliva.

History

The hallmark of Warthin's tumor:

  • A painless lump in the jaw, cheek, mouth, or neck.
  • A positive history of pain in mouth, ear, jaw, throat or neck that does not go away.
  • Trouble opening the mouth.
  • Numbness in part of the face.
  • Weakness in the facial muscles
  • Drooping on one side of the face.[1]

Symptoms

Early Warthin's tumor does not have any symptoms. As the tumor grows larger, people may notice one or more of the following symptoms:[2]

References

  1. Symptoms of salivary gland cancer. Canadian cancer society (2015). http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/salivary-gland/signs-and-symptoms/?region=bc Accessed on December 14, 2015
  2. Ellis, Gary L.; Auclair, Paul L. (2009). "Salivary Glands": 246–294. doi:10.1016/B978-1-4160-3966-2.00011-4.

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