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Facial Swelling
Posted by: Faye
Date: December 19, 1999 3:45 PM

My 10 year-old son's right cheek suddenly started swelling a couple days ago. It has stopped, but will not go down. The doctors cannot determine the problem. He has no pain and no tenderness near his ear or throat (like with the mumps). There is no fever or discoloration. He is acting normal but looks liks a chipmunk hoarding nuts. He is taking Augmentin, but it doesn't seem to make any difference.

Facial Swelling
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: December 20, 1999 4:44 AM

Have your doctor check for a blocked parotid duct. The parotid is the salivary gland above the angle of the lower jaw. Stones sometimes form in that duct and block the flow of saliva. If that is the problem it is treated with ultrasound to break up the stone. You would probably need to see an Ear, Nose and Throat doc for that treatment.

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