Salivary glands
Cytopathology competency / milestone assessment
2. Normal salivary glands

Topic Completed: 1 December 2013

Revised: 12 March 2019

Copyright: 2002-2019,, Inc.

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Zubair W. Baloch, M.D., Ph.D.
Michelle R. Pramick, M.D.
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Medical knowledge
Cite this page: Pramick M.R., Baloch Z.W. Cytopathology competency - 2. normal salivary glands. website. Accessed November 19th, 2019.
Medical knowledge
  1. Understand that salivary glands are exocrine secretory organs specialized for the production of saliva
  2. Recognize that there are major and minor salivary glands
    • Major = parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands
  3. Know the relative size distribution of the major salivary glands
  4. Recognize that the incidence of neoplasms roughly parallels the relative size of the salivary glands
  5. Understand the embryologic origin of the of the salivary glands
  6. Understand that the parotid gland is the only salivary gland with intraglandular lymph nodes
  7. Recognize the normal anatomy of the salivary glands and their relationship to other vital structures in the head and neck
  8. Understand the distribution of minor salivary glands
  9. Understand that ectopic salivary gland tissue is relatively common in cervical lymph nodes
  10. Know that rare sites of ectopic salivary gland tissue include: middle and external ear, neck, mandible and pituitary gland
  11. Identify the normal histology of a salivary gland
  12. Understand the configuration of ducts regarding the flow of saliva in the major salivary glands
  13. Understand the type of secretion produced by the major salivary glands
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