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I have a question for you regarding salivary glands. My neck

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Good Afternoon ... I have a question for you regarding salivary glands. My neck glands feel swollen and swell towards the end of the day. I have facial numbness. This has been going on for 6 weeks. I have had a CT scan that showed lymphnodes that were swollen but was told this was nothing to worry about. I am going to see a neurologist for the numbnes but can't help wondering if this is salivary gland issues or parotid issues. I can't seem to get the drs to understand. I have put hot/cold packs on the neck and done exercises to no avail. I am finally going to have an MRI of the brain. How can I get the dr to check for salivary gland issues?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 year ago.

Hello this is Dr. Salama MD,

Are you having any symptoms that would suggest salivary/parotid gland issues?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Swelling and lumps in neck. Facial numbness
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 year ago.

Did the CT scan show any abnormality with the parotid gland? Is the gland itself swollen?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nothing remarkable but having an MRI. I don't think they looked specifically at that area.
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 year ago.

Do you have a copy of the report results so I can see them?

Do you know if it was a CT head or just CT neck?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Neck only not the head - unfortunately.
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 year ago.

Ok that's good to know. If you want to rule out a specific parotid gland abnormality a CT head/MRI brain should be ordered for it to be well visualized and evaluated. Since you are already having an MRI brain, make sure to mention there is no need for any additional action on your part. Should there be a problem a fine needle aspiration and biopsy will be definitive in diagnosing any potential abnormalities.

Let me know if you have any other questions. If not, please don't forget to leave a positive rating as that's the only way I get credit for answering your question. Thank you.

Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 year ago.

Just reread my response, ignore "make sure to mention"

Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 year ago.

Is there anything else I can help you with?