Function of salivary glands and sialochemistry in sialadenosis

Acta Otorhinolaryngol Belg. 1983;37(2):158-64.


Human sialadenosis is a non-inflammatory disease affecting the cephalic salivary glands, mainly the parotid, characterized by a mostly bilateral, painless swelling due to a substantial increase of the glandular parenchyma. After the presentation of clinical, cytological and biochemical data the probable etiology of this disease is discussed. It is concluded that sialadenosis is not a disease of the salivary glands themselves but of their sympathetic innervation.

MeSH terms

  • Denervation
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy
  • Salivary Gland Diseases / etiology
  • Salivary Gland Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Salivary Glands / innervation
  • Salivary Glands / pathology*
  • Salivary Glands / physiopathology
  • Sympathetic Nervous System / physiopathology