Marked by an inflammation of the parotid glands, parotitis requires early treatment to prevent long-term complications. Dr. Larian provides parotitis treatment at his Los Angeles office.
An overview of Parotitis
Parotitis is a condition involving an inflammation of the parotid glands, often caused by an infection, blockage, autoimmune disease, poor oral hygiene, a tumor, or radiation cancer treatment of the head and neck. Common symptoms include:
- facial swelling
- dry mouth
- a strange taste in the mouth
Because ongoing and recurring parotitis can cause worsening pain and permanent damage to the parotid glands, this is considered a serious condition requiring early medical attention. Well-versed in the treatment of parotitis, Dr. Larian and his team of specialists will identify the cause of your inflammation and thoroughly explain your treatment options, which often include antibiotics, surgery or the removal of the parotid glands.
Treatment of Parotitis
When a patient of the CENTER is suffering from parotitis, Dr. Larian will initially prescribe increased hydration, warm compresses, massaging the glands and antibiotics to treat any bacterial infection. However, if these measures are ineffective, and the patient's condition is caused by a salivary stone, cyst or tumor, surgical removal of the blockage or parotid gland may be necessary.
In the event that a parotid stone is causing the patient's parotitis, Dr. Larian will perform a minimally-invasive sialendoscopy to remove the blockage. Performed as an outpatient procedure, sialendoscopy has a swift recovery period and results in no damage to the surrounding tissues, causing it to be one of the best methods of parotitis treatment available.
In more complex cases involving a tumor or cyst, Dr. Larian and his team of specialists may perform a micro-parotidectomy -- a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to remove all or part of the parotid gland. As the pioneer of this technique, Dr. Larian will expertly remove the affected gland with minimal trauma and scarring to eliminate the parotitis condition.
Meet The Team
Led by board-certified parotid surgeon, Dr. Babak Larian, our team of specialists has decades of experience successfully diagnosing and treating diseases of the parotid glands with minimally invasive procedures. Distinguished by our compassionate care and cutting-edge techniques, the CENTER has developed a reputation for delivering the best parotid tumor surgery available.Learn More >>
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