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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Swollen salivary gland/pain

10/23/2009

Question:

Last year I went to an ENT for a swollen gland behind my ear. He did a biopsy and told me it was fine and not to worry about it just a swollen salivary gland. It is about double the size of my other one and causes pain on the inside of my ear especially if I lean my head towards my shoulder on that side; it is a sharp shooting pain. Here I am a year later and it’s the same with more frequent pain in my ear. I’m 27 years old and this just doesn’t seem right, I also on occasion get pretty bad dizzy spells. Any insight on what this is or advice on what to do please let me know!

Answer:

I believe an evaluation by a University basd ENT is warranted. A new biopsy may be obtained. Pain in the ear with a mass on that side of the head and neck is concerning for more than benign salivary tissue.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati