Oncology Questions? Ask an Oncologist for Answers ASAP
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an xray is not the best way to tell what these bilateral high attenuation lesions are in the parotid gland.
high attenuation on xray means they are dense, like bone or containing calcium.
wharton's tumors are benign cystic masses of the salivary glands containing abundant lymphocytes and germinal centers. they are not cancerous and are not lethal
parotid ultrasounds or a CT scan or MRI scan would be better at looking at both of your parotid glands.
you should also get a thyroid ultrasound to check on the thyroid and also blood tests to check thyroid hormone levels
let me know if you have questions.
it means on xray, you can't tell what it is.
whatever it is it is on both sides.
it would be very unlikely for there to be a dangerous cancer on both parotid glands.
the radiologist means to say it is more likely for there to be a benign thing called Whartin tumor on both parotid glands which is a benign cystic mass in the salivary glands containing abundant lymphocytes and germinal centers.