Salivary glands
Other tumors

Author: Adriana Handra-Luca, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 21 March 2018, last major update September 2012

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PubMed Search: Lipomatosis salivary

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Cite this page: Handra-Luca, A. Lipomatosis. website. Accessed January 22nd, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Diffuse deposition of adipose tissue (usually throughout parotid gland) with overall enlargement of gland but no distinct mass
  • Associated with alcoholism, cirrhosis, diabetes, hormonal abnormalities, malnutrition
  • May be preceded by sialadenosis (acinar cell hypertrophy, interstitial edema, ductal atrophy)
  • Slow growing, usually in parotid gland, may affect children
  • May recur
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) images

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In parotid gland of HIV+ man

Differential diagnosis