What is the focus of history in the evaluation of submandibular sialadenitis/sialadenosis?

Updated: May 12, 2020
  • Author: Adi Yoskovitch, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Submandibular sialadenitis takes several forms. The diagnostic workup of any submandibular enlargement begins with a thorough history. This should include onset, duration of symptoms, recurrence, recent operative history, recent dental work, and thorough drug history, immunization history (specifically measles , mumps , rubella [MMR] vaccine), past medical (specifically autoimmune) history, past surgical history, and history of radiation therapy. Inquire as to associated fever or chills, weight loss, presence of a mass, bilaterality or unilaterality, skin changes, lymphadenopathy, keratitis , shortness of breath, oral discharge, dental pain, or skin discharge.


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