Symptoms and causes

What are they?

Tumours of the parotid glands (salivary glands that sit just in front of the ears) are rare and are usually benign. The most common are the pleiomorphic adenoma and the Warthin tumour. These tumours grow slowly and are painless, which delays in their diagnosis and treatment.

Malignant tumours and metastases of surrounding tumours do not occur frequently. A facial nerve that passes through the gland may be affected.

Treatment centres and specialisations

Ear, nose, and throat diseases

Latest publication date: 11/08/2021
Supervising author: Dr Vermeiren Judith