You just got your fourth Salivary Glands

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In summary, salivary glands are small glands in our mouths that produce saliva to aid in digestion and keep our mouths moist. We have three pairs of salivary glands, but some individuals may also have a fourth accessory parotid gland. This gland serves the same function as the others, but is smaller and less active. While it is not common, having a fourth salivary gland is not considered abnormal. However, in rare cases, it may cause discomfort or obstruction of the salivary duct, leading to potential health problems. If any symptoms occur, it is important to consult with a medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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It will make your mouth water - or perhaps your throat. A fourth set of salivary glands have been discovered - near the middle of the human skull.
Doctors in the Netherlands made this surprising discovery while using a PSMA PET/CT scan on cancer patient. They documented their discovery in this article - Radiotherapy and Oncology Article. Being oncologists, the thesis of the article is that, as with all salivary glands, these need to be avoided during radiotherapy.

One thing this suggests to me is that salivary glands must be pretty reliable - since these new ones (the "Tuberial Salivary Glands") have never given doctors notice before.
 
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Wow, salivary glands are becoming as common as the proverbial water pump.
 

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