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Salivary Gland Cancer Anatomy

To better understand parotid carcinoma, it helps to understand the anatomy of the parotid gland.

Parotitis affects the parotid glands, which are located in front of the ears. The parotid glands produce saliva that contains an enzyme to help break down food.

Anatomy examples:

  • Side view of face showing parotid glands
  • Front-side view showing parotid gland and blood vessels
  • Clinical location of parotid glands

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Salivary Gland Cancer References
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