EXCISION OF SUBMANDIBULAR GLAND
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Submandibular sialadenectomy (excision of submandibular gland) is indicated for various conditions, ranging from chronic infection to tumors. The submandibular gland has a higher incidence of malignant tumors than the parotid gland (about 2/3 of tumors are malignant versus 1/5 in the parotid) Stones may form in the duct or inside the substance of the gland, causing it to swell. The marginal mandibular branch of the facial nerve runs just lateral to the gland and is carefully localized prior to removing the gland.
Pleomorphic adenoma of the right submandibular gland. The facial nerve stimulator grounding electrode is seen in the right lower aspect of the incision.
BECHARA Y. GHORAYEB, MD
OTOLARYNGOLOGY HEAD & NECK SURGERY
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