Symptoms of a Warthin’s tumor can include ringing in the ears or impaired hearing.
A Warthin’s tumor, also known as a papillary lymphomatous cystadenoma, is a type of benign or non-cancerous tumor that affects the salivary glands. Common symptoms of a Warthin’s tumor include swelling in the neck that may or may not cause tenderness or discomfort, ringing in the ears, and hearing impairment. This condition is more prevalent in men than women and is believed to have a strong connection with smoking. Treatment usually involves surgical removal of the tumor and the tumor is not likely to return after removal. Any questions or concerns about Warthin’s tumor should be discussed with a physician or other medical professional.
Symptoms of a Warthin’s tumor can include swelling in the neck.
When this type of tumor is present, the patient often notices swelling near the back of the jaw on the affected side of the neck. In many cases, there are no other symptoms present, although swelling can sometimes cause a feeling of pressure or discomfort. The patient may develop ringing in the ears or experience some degree of hearing loss due to pressure exerted on the surrounding tissue and nerves. In rare cases, the facial nerve may become partially or completely paralyzed, especially if the tumor is large.
Male smokers are at high risk of developing Warthin’s tumor.
Men over 50 and smokers are the most likely to develop the condition, although it can be experienced by anyone at any age. The tumor tends to grow very slowly and may go undiagnosed unless it grows large enough to cause problems. The first symptom is usually a small noticeable lump in the neck that does not go away. Over time, the tumor can grow large enough to start causing discomfort, prompting the patient to seek medical attention.
Treatment for a Warthin’s tumor usually involves surgical removal.
Warthin’s tumor fluid can occasionally leak into the surrounding tissue, causing increased swelling and sudden onset of pain. Infection can develop as a result of the leak, necessitating the use of prescribed antibiotics. The standard treatment for a Warthin’s tumor is surgical removal, especially if there are negative side effects. Some doctors recommend surgical removal of the tumor, even if there are no uncomfortable symptoms, because of the small chance that the tumor will become cancerous. It is important to discuss individualized treatment options with a doctor.
Warthin’s tumor is a tumor that forms in the salivary glands.
It is extremely rare for the tumor to return after it has been removed, although any recurrence of the swelling should be reported to a doctor for further evaluation. A small sample of tumor tissue is usually sent to a laboratory for further testing to ensure that no cancer cells are found. In the rare cases where malignancies are found, the doctor will discuss other treatment options, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, with the patient.