Salivary Pathology Clinic

A dedicated multidisciplinary specialist service for Salivary Gland Pathology

Have you ever wished there was a dedicated service to refer your patients with salivary gland disorders?

Our multi-disciplinary team has expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and management of patients with salivary gland disorders and forms part of the MercyAscot Head and Neck Service. The team works together to deliver the best possible care for your patients.

why refer to us

We will accurately diagnose your patient’s salivary gland disorders, arrange further specialist imaging, and initiate management based on state-of-the-art surgical techniques.

We are committed to working with your patients to provide a seamless approach in their assessment and management, eliminating delays in diagnosis, and reducing the need for multiple appointments. 

We are also committed to close communication with you as the referrer, to help guide the patient through their treatment and rehabilitation as efficiently as possible.

When to urgently refer directly to our Salivary Pathology Clinic:

  • Suspected parotid or submandibular mass
  • Recurrent salivary gland swelling and pain
  • Periprandial facial discomfort
  • Oral dryness
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome / Radio-iodine (RAI) induced sialadenitis

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Benefits to your patients

  • Multi-disciplinary team

    Our multi-disciplinary team has expertise in the
    assessment, diagnosis and management of patients
    with salivary gland disorders and forms
    part of the MercyAscot Head and Neck Service.
    The team works together to deliver the best
    possible care for your patients.
  • Comprehensive diagnostic service

    • Screening ultrasound scan
    • Co-ordination of advanced imaging with high
      resolution CT or MRI sialography
    • Clinical assessment, explanation of imaging
      results and treatment planning
    • Access to state-of-the-art surgical techniques

What is Sialoendoscopy?

Obstructive sialadenitis is most commonly due to salivary stones and traditional surgery has been limited to open or transoral stone extraction, or removal of the affected gland with the potential for nerve injuries, persisting symptoms, or poor cosmesis.

Sialoendoscopy is a minimally-invasive technique using advanced precision instruments to navigate the salivary ducts and deal with all causes of salivary obstruction.

Performed as a day-stay procedure, it permits glandular preservation in 80-85% of patients with stones, and significantly improves quality of life in patients with autoimmune or RAI induced sialadenitis.

Key Advantages:

  • Day-stay procedure
  • Gland preservation
  • No external scars
  • Minimal risk to nerves

Team led by

Kevin Smith

Specialty: Head and Neck Surgery

Areas of expertise: Head and Neck Surgery|Mouth and Skin Cancers|Otorhinolaryngology|Salivary Gland Pathology|Thyroid and Neck Lumps