Salivary glands

Nonneoplastic tumors/tumor-like conditions


Topic Completed: 1 September 2012

Minor changes: 6 December 2020

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PubMed Search: Lipomatosis salivary

Adriana Handra-Luca, M.D., Ph.D.
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Cite this page: Handra-Luca A. Lipomatosis. website. Accessed December 3rd, 2021.
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
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In parotid gland of HIV+ man

Differential diagnosis
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