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WHEN IS A SUBMANDIBULAR GLAND EXCISION PERFORMED?

Broadly speaking, there are two main reasons to perform a submandibular gland excision.

1) Any mass in the submandibular gland is considered abnormal. In general, a submandibular gland mass which does not resolve with time, is an indication for surgery. Prior to surgery however, a thorough evaluation with fine needle aspiration biopsy and CT/or MRI scanning should reveal whether the mass is benign or malignant. Malignant tumors tumors are usually treated with a submandibular gland excision, and a neck dissection may be required. Benign masses may be treated with just a submandibular gland excision.

2) Chronic submandibular gland infections which are unresponsive to normal therapies is an indication for surgery.