Clinical Features

Sialadenosis is a diffuse enlargement of salivary glands described in several conditions. Sialadenosis usually involves the parotid glands, and less commonly the submandibular glands [121, 157, 462]. Minor salivary gland involvement has also been reported [408]. It is frequently bilateral and has an equal sex distribution. It is typically painless and the enlargement may impart a striking facial appearance. Causes can be categorized as: nutritional (alcoholism, cirrhosis, eating disorders, kwashiorkor, and

The persistence of sialadenosis is dependent on the severity and duration of the underlying disease. However, there is usually little morbidity associated with the condition itself; most surgical treatment is performed for cosmetic purposes.

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