Salivary Gland Disorders

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Woman with jaw pain, possibly from a salivary gland disorder
Why Yale Medicine?
  • ​Our head and neck surgeons have expertise in treating disorders and tumors involving the salivary glands.
  • We are a referral center routinely treating patients across Connecticut and surrounding states, seeking care for the simplest to the most complex salivary gland disorders.
  • We use the latest minimally invasive approaches to make procedures tolerable and allow for a quick recovery.

Many people who are diagnosed with a salivary gland disorder know very little about the problem—sometimes nothing at all. What they do know is that something in the area of their jaw is causing swelling and pain in their face. They can’t see under the surface, where a blockage or other problem has developed in the glands that produce saliva. It is the trapped saliva that is causing the pain and swelling.

“Salivary gland disease is not a rare condition, but it can be quite a shock and a surprise,” says Rahmatullah Rahmati, MD, MPH, a Yale Medicine head and neck surgeon, specializing in salivary gland disorders. “If it's a recurring issue, you want to see a physician who is highly skilled at working in the head and neck region.”