Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Bruce N. Epker


A presumptive clinical diagnosis of salivary gland tumor can usually be made by taking an accurate history, performing a careful clinical examination, and utilizing essential radiographic and sialographic aids. Once a tumor is identified, differential diagnosis between benign and/or malignant involvement, and the exact tumor type becomes more formidable, frequently requiring histological diagnosis. Since optimum treatment is dependent upon an accurate differential diagnosis and surgical management according to tumor type, the clinical and histological aspects of salivary gland tumors are reviewed. A thorough knowledge of these characteristics allows an accurate diagnosis and provides the indications for proper treatment.