Palatal Tumors

Also known as: tumors of the palate, salivary gland tumors.

What are palatal tumors?

The palate is another word for the roof of the mouth. When abnormal growths of cells known as tumors impact the palate, these are commonly known as palatal tumors. They can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

What causes palatal tumors?

Smoking or using chewing tobacco are two risk factors for palatal tumors, as is heavy alcohol use. In other instances, the exact cause of palatal tumors is not known.

What are the symptoms of palatal tumors?

Potential symptoms of palatal tumors include pain, bleeding, difficulty swallowing, bad breath, loose teeth, changes in speech, a lump in the neck and other symptoms.

What are palatal tumors care options?

Surgical techniques can be used to remove palatal tumors. If the tumor is cancerous, other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be required.


Reviewed by: Chad A Perlyn, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/21/2019 2:24:57 AM


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